Saturday, July 21, 2007

New Documentary on the Genocide in Darfur

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Can one man make a difference? Former US Marine Captain Brian Steidle hopes so. When he first signs on as an unarmed military observer for the African Union, he is largely motivated by money. Yet, his intentions change dramatically when he makes a life-altering decision to transfer to the strife-ridden Western Sudanese region of Darfur. Armed with nothing more than a still camera, he becomes a singular outside witness to what many call a genocide—a conflict that has displaced 2.5 million people and claimed 400,000 lives. At first, Steidle can hardly register the horror that surrounds him, but he perseveres with his mission nonetheless, using his camera to document the atrocities. He recognizes the need for the world to see, and boldly smuggles his photographs out, inciting media frenzy when they appear in the Op-Ed section of The New York Times. But is this enough to make a difference? Unlike the Rwandan tragedy of 1994, the genocide in Darfur drags on, turning the beautiful mountainous Sudanese terrain into a landscape of murder and neglect. From Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern comes this astonishingly devastating film that journeys from Darfur to the United States, following the transformation of a soldier into an activist.
-Sky Sitney
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