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A Journey to Darfur


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In April 2006 veteran journalist Nick Clooney was asked by his son, George, to accompany him to the troubled region of Darfur. The goal was to shine a light on the modern day genocide occurring in this remote and desolate region of Africa. They went unannounced; without press, without escort and without security, just Nick, George and cameraman, Mike Herron, a personal friend. This documentary is an account of their journey, the stories of unimaginable violence that have befallen the Darfurians and the courage of the aid workers who struggle to provide relief to two hundred thousand refugees. The documentary also provides background on the crises and the efforts of individuals and groups to stand up and say, "Not on our watch!" 100% of AmericanLife TV's proceeds on the sale of this DVD go to www.notonourwatchproject.org. NOOW was created by George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub to support existing humanitarian relief efforts and to ensure the protection of civilians in Darfur.

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  • Directors: Larry Herskowitz
  • Producers: Larry Herskowitz, Nick Clooney, Bob McCormick
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: The Nostalgia Network, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 24 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TA1L54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,562 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Too short of a documentary in my opinion.
The Professor
The film is intended as a quick introduction to the situation and, as such, is barely serviceable and should come with several important caveats.
Steven Mays Fake
Besides hearing refugees interviewed, I found myself wondering: What if George Clooney had never gone?
Veronique

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Hadley on August 23, 2007
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As is typical, we are skeptical of actors turned activists: visions of Angelina Jolie or Madonna in Africa promoting their careers by doing "Good" and so on. In "A Journey to Darfur" we see George Clooney and his father visiting the camps in Chad and Darfur and sharing the heart wrenching story of the camps with American viewers. This short, yet powerful film is well done and can easily be used in classrooms across America to help explain the problems facing this region. Clooney's star appeal is used to truly do go and shed light on the tragedy. It is my hope that because of Clooney's participation in this project many more will know, understand and then act to help the people in Darfur and end the Genocide.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Mays Fake on June 18, 2009
The short film, "A Journey to Darfur," is far from the best documentary on the Darfur crisis. Its principle distinctions are that it features George Clooney and can be watched in less than half an hour. The film is intended as a quick introduction to the situation and, as such, is barely serviceable and should come with several important caveats.

One does not hear the voices of Darfuris front and center. Moreover, the analysis of why the crisis is occurring and what can be done is crude indeed. Instead of "A Journey to Darfur," I recommend Darfur Diaries: Message From Home, which showcases the voices of the refugees and displaced, and "All About Darfur," where we hear extensively from Sudanese in Khartoum and Darfur, as they discuss the politics and realities behind the conflict.

For expert geopolitical analysis, "A Journey to Darfur" enlists Princeton N. Lyman from the Council on Foreign Relations, the premiere foreign policy think tank of the American establishment. As expected, the man's views sound as elite-friendly as his name. What a spokesperson from a body with strong historical ties to Henry Kissinger has to contribute to a discussion of crimes of state is doubtful. No other experts or outside viewpoints are consulted. Clooney made the film with his father, Nick, and the two of them are the principle voices.

In a sense, A Journey to Darfur encapsulates in 24 minutes all that is wrong with the Darfur activist movement, with its naïve advocacy.

Nick poses the question, "Would Americans let this go on [atrocities in Darfur], if they knew what was happening?" In fact, huge numbers have mobilized around the issue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Professor on April 8, 2008
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George and his Father meant well when trying to cover the genocide in Darfur, but lacked a load of information crucial to comprehending how and why this area in Sudan is going through such. Not to mention, the footage is only 25 minutes long. Too short of a documentary in my opinion. Sent back for a refund. Needed more content.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Veronique on September 19, 2007
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I thought this was an interesting insight into how a well-known personality (such as George Clooney) can do something under the radar and show up to greatly enhance awareness for an advocacy movement. In this documentary we realize that George Clooney and his father went unannounced to Darfur to "shine a light" (a camera's light)on the genocide. Moreover, they were trying to make it back to the USA with images from Darfur BEFORE a planned rally in Washington DC. Besides hearing refugees interviewed, I found myself wondering: What if George Clooney had never gone? What if he didn't make it back in time before the rally? What if he and his father hadn't done a ton of media interviews?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Humphries on April 2, 2008
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I bought this video one week before traveling to Darfur. I have now returned and after speaking with the victims and the recently freed slaves, I learned a few things.

The problem with this video and most books on the subject that that they intentionally don't talk about the reasons for the killing. It is Arab Muslims killing and enslaving Black Muslims because once the blacks asked for some power for self-governance, the Arab muslums no longer looked at them as Muslims but sub-human. You see many of the same enemies in the War on Terror involved in Darfur (Which is really Western Sudan.) Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia financially supporting the government in Khartoum with China buying the oil and Russia supplying the planes and bombs.

The reason why George Clooney and others omit these facts is because if they did, they would have to admit George W. Bush was right about Iraq. Darfur is what Iraq WILL look like if we leave too early!
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