Darfur Now

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Darfur Now ★★½ 2007 (PG)

Documentary attempts to bring the complex, tribal-based Darfur (Sudan) conflict and its accompanying genocide to American audiences. Director Braun focuses on six individuals—three in the midst of the horror (a refugee camp leader, a mother who joins a guerilla group after the death of her son, and a food aid worker), and three trying to affect change from the outside (an activist advocating divestment of Sudanese stock, the UN prosecutor preparing a case against those responsible for the genocide, and actor Cheadle, who is committed to raising awareness about the conflict). Cheadle and fellow American Sterling are noble, but their stories are significantly less interesting than the others, especially Argentinian-born prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo, who has already lived through a brutal dictatorship in his homeland, and is committed to bringing justice to Darfur. 99m/C DVD . USD: Theodore Braun; W: Theodore Braun; C: Kirsten Johnson; M: Graeme Revell.