Sand and Sorrow

Paul Freedman

Darfur, Sudan: 2.5 million displaced people fight off
hunger in the refugee camps. Portrait of a people that
slowly succumbs to international impotence and political
negligence.
For this film, award-winning director Paul Freedman joined
a contingent of African Union peacekeeping forces in Darfur.
He analyzed the historical events that have given rise to
an Arab-dominated government’s intent to kill its African
people. He exposes the international community’s failure to
respond to crimes against humanity. He gives a face and a
voice to the growing international movement, predominantly
of students, to make “Never Again” a reality. Interviewees
include those who represent the world’s conscience, such as
experts John Prendergast and Samantha Power, and New
York Times journalist Nick Kristof. In 2004, it was Kristof who
first brought mainstream attention to the conflict. Pulitzer
Prize winner Power now explains how the “international
debate” was merely a diversion from action. The small civilian
peacekeeping force posted was only permitted to observe,
and not to protect. In this documentary, which aspires to
mobilize shame, actor George Clooney’s narration calibrates
disbelief with a controlled sense of emotional indignation.

Credits

Subtitles
NL
Content rating
16
Director
Paul Freedman
Country
United States
Type
Documentary
Duration
92 minutes
Themes
crimes against humanity, war crimes, genocide, military, armies, social and peace movements, war & armed conflict
Year
2007