Jan 292010

Tension in the narrative:
The activist’s idealism vs. the cold hard realities of geo-politics and economics.

This film explores the disconnect between the efforts and hopes of activists, journalists, diplomats, and politicians in the West, and the cold hard realities of geo-politics and economics that block those efforts from having any significant impact on the ground in Sudan, to stop the violence, and on daily life with all its struggles and suffering for the large majority of the Sudanese people. This story is fractal.

We see :

  • celebrities like George Clooney trying to move the media – the cameras – to pay attention and bear witness.
  • award-winning journalists like Samantha Power and the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who have traveled to Sudan at considerable risk to themselves to try to tell the story first hand.
  • diplomats and politicians, such as Jan Pronk, trying to move the international community through the UN’s Security Council to take more decisive action.
  • US politicians from both sides of the aisle, including now US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling for the same within the halls of Congress and the Senate.
  • the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor who has worked tirelessly to build a case against GoS leaders, which has culminated in an arrest warrant for Sudan’s President, but one that has not been honoured so far by other African countries.
  • a US President who called the killing “genocide”, significant because it was the first time in history that a sitting President called a genocide for what it was as it was happening.
  • and former Sudanese rebels who talk of taking up arms once again, seeing no other alternative as all other apparent rhetoric and efforts on the world stage, meagre as they ultimately are, amount to very little to bring an end to the day-to-day suffering of the Sudanese people at the hands of their government. This suffering is born not only from the out-right violence of the GoS’s military and its proxy militia, but also by attrition – the silent deadly workings of hunger and disease in Africa’s third-largest oil producing country.
  • we see women trying to feed their families and struggling to have a greater voice in the communities they are trying to help rebuild, that indeed they had helped to defend during the war.