Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Darfur Now is a 2007 documentary film examining the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. It was written and directed by Ted Braun. The film is a call to action for people all over the world to help the ongoing crisis in Darfur.

Ted Braun's documentary about Darfur showcases how six different people have each done their part in order to help stop the genocide in the region and bring humanitarian relief to the millions there who suffer. His subjects include a UCLA student who, with no political experience whatsoever, passes a state bill to stop any money from going to Sudan; the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; Pablo Recalde, a central figure in the World Food Program; and actor Don Cheadle, the star of the movie Hotel Rwanda.

Darfur Now feels almost like a political thriller more than a documentary at times. The camera work and editing tries to make whatever is happening more thrilling when it doesn't need to be. If it was a documentary about Jay Leno, sure put some editing tricks in there to make it more exciting, I know I would. But for a documentary about the genocide in Darfur, you don't need all that.

At times though, it does act as a good documentary, showing the mass amount of people who are left abandoned in Darfur. Celebrities like Don Cheadle and George Clooney show up trying to support the cause but they aren't heavily featured in the movie, which is good because this is about the people of Darfur and not about the celebrities who are trying to do something. They can make their own movie about it later if they want.

Darfur Now is a little too flashy for what its purpose is but its still a powerful subject and it gets its point across. I'm sure we will have more documentaries about it in the furture and even movies that will do a much better job at showing us what is happeneing there. But for now, Darfur Now is a good start.

Darfur Now is a 6 out of 10.

The DVD doesn't have any special features.



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