Certainly, the subject matter is critical, and Braun is to be commended for his devotion and for bringing it to our attention.  Moreover, the work that these six individuals are doing is significant—and it deserves our support.  It’s just disappointing that, in attempting to capture so many people’s stories, Braun fails to connect with the viewer on a truly emotional level.  Had he focused on three or four of these individuals, for example, taking us deep into their lives, this problem would have been avoided.   As is, he largely relegates his subjects to talking heads.  A documentary which does just this, War Dance, stands in sharp contrast, with outstanding cinematic merits.

Despite the involvement of Cheadle and his buddy, George Clooney, Darfur Now nevertheless shows us that we don’t have to be superstars to effectuate change.  Sterling works as a waiter, but when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger finally signs his bill into legislation, it shows that anyone can make a difference.  We should all be as motivated as this young man to impact our world.

For more information, call 1-800-GENOCIDE or SaveDarfur.org..  To get involved in the U.S. divestment movement, which has resulted in legislation in 12 states, visit DivestforDarfur.org.  You can also visit NotonOurWatchProject.org.

DVD EXTRAS:

  • Introduction by Director Theodore Braun
  • Director’s Commentary
  • Additional Scenes

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  None.
  • Language/Profanity:  A few mild profanities.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  None.
  • Violence:  Mostly implied, but include graphic discussions about rape, murder and war atrocities; several dead bodies and numerous decomposing skeletons are seen onscreen; children’s drawings of violence are also seen.