With the 85th Academy Awards debuting this upcoming weekend, critics, celebrity icons, and entertainment junkies are sure to be in a frenzied state anxiously awaiting the results of “Best Picture,” “Best Actor,” and “Best Actress.” While this year’s nominations for the Oscars are all phenomenal films, we’ve been reflecting on other acclaimed independent documentaries; the documentaries that detail the brutal history of the genocide in Darfur.
2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Darfur genocide. Throughout the last 10 years, the fighting has resulted in an estimated 300,000 deaths and displaced some 3 million Sudanese throughout the course of the conflict. With little media attention focused on Sudan and continued attacks occurring in places like South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Darfur, the world has seemingly forgotten the past and current atrocities in Sudan.
As we continue to advocate on behalf of the Sudanese people being ruthlessly attacked by their own government, we invite you to join us in taking the first step toward informed advocacy: Educating yourself on the history of the genocide in Darfur. We encourage you to take the time to watch any of these documentaries and inspire others to do the same.
The Devil Came on Horseback
In The Devil Came on Horseback, former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle offers a firsthand account of the mass atrocities occurring in Darfur. Viewers are sure to be mentally and emotionally frustrated after witnessing the lack of international intervention by the global community.
Available on Netflix
Heart of Darfur
Heart of Darfur explores the lives of refugees inhabiting overcrowded internally displaced person camps—a place where all hope, all optimism is abandoned. Real footage captures the work of humanitarian workers who are passionately dedicated to end the conflict.
Six citizens, ranging from an internationally known actor and activist to a Darfurian woman who joins rebel forces, highlight the situation in Darfur and discuss the importance of immediate action. Although all six stories in Darfur Now are unique, they are all bound by the theme of courage and audacity.
Darfur Diaries: Message From Home
Through personal interviews, Darfur Diaries: Messages from Home offers compelling insight into the lives of Sudanese civilians directly affected by the genocide. The filmmakers attempt to motivate and encourage bystanders to initiate action.
Also available on Netflix
Sand and Sorrow
Narrated by George Clooney, Sand and Sorrow examines Darfur’s historical past of ongoing conflict and relates it to current Sudanese affairs. John Prendergast, Samantha Power, and Nicholas Kristof embark on a journey of discovery and curiosity in order to unravel the complexities of the Darfur genocide.
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