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Darfur Diaries: Message from Home

DVD Release: 2006

  • Grades: 9-12
  • College/University
  • Adult
  • African Studies
  • Developing World
  • Education
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Poverty
  • Social Justice
  • War and Peace

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darfur diaries: message from home

A brutally honest insider's look into the current tragedy in the Darfur region

  • Length: 55 min
  • Written, Directed by Jen Marlowe and Aisha Bain
  • Produced by Jen Marlowe, Aisha Bain, Adam Shapiro
  • Editor: Adam Shapiro
  • Music: Leonard Nelson Hubbard
  • Sound: Ahmad Shirazi
  • Art Direction: Ann Petter

In October 2004, a team of independent filmmakers – Aisha Bain, Jen Marlowe and Adam Shapiro – left for Darfur, Sudan and eastern Chad. After monitoring the worsening political and humanitarian crisis for months and recognizing that the mainstream media offered marginal and inadequate coverage, the team set out with the goal of providing a platform for the people of Darfur (both those displaced inside Darfur and those living in refugee camps in Chad) to speak for themselves about their experiences, their fears, and their hopes for the future.

Darfur Diaries: Message from Home The conflict serves as the ongoing narrative in the film, but the focus is on the people who are living through what has been termed a "genocide". Through the voices of refugees, displaced persons, and in particular women and children, who are always among the most vulnerable in any conflict situation, this film seeks to provide space for the marginalized victims of atrocities to speak and to engage with the world. Additionally, the film probes the history, culture and heritage of Darfur as a means of deepening understanding of the crisis and complicating easily assumed perceptions by which the conflict is often portrayed (such as a matter of race, ethnicity or religion).

  • DVD ISBN: 1-59587-050-4
  • CLS Catalog: CLS1016
"****An urgent call for the world community to do much more than merely observe this ever-worsening humanitarian crisis as it continues to unfold."
Kam Williams
"What is perhaps most remarkable about this film is that it dissolves the exoticism surrounding this conflict in the eyes of Westerners."
Tian Huang, Abroad View Magazine
"Darfur Diaries is a solid orientation to how Darfurians have reacted to the crisis, as well as a counterbalance to the Western fetishization of the region's peoples as voiceless, one-dimensional paragons of human suffering."
Scramble For Africa
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dvd extras

Extended Interviews, Director Interview, Featurettes, Photo Gallery

awards, festivals, and screenings
  • Arrêts Sur Images - Brussels, Belgium (2007)
  • Rwanda Film Festival - Kigali, Rwanda (2007)
  • Montreal Human Rights Film Festival - Montreal, Canada (2007)
  • Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - Greenfield, MA (2007)
  • Human Rights Film Festival - Gaborone, Botswana (2007)
  • Seattle Amnesty International Film Festival – Seattle, WA (2007)
  • Terres des Hommes - Cognac & Angouleme, France (2007)
  • Global Justice Film Festival - Bradford, UK (2007)
  • 7 Islands International Film Festival - Mumbai, India (2007)
  • Karachi International Film Festival - Karachi, Pakistan (2006)
  • Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2006)
  • Global Visions Film Festival - Alberta, Canada (2006)
  • International Human Rights Documentary Festival - Glasgow, Scotland (2006)
  • Amnesty International Film Festival - Toronto, Canada (2006)
  • Museum of Television and Radio Documentary Festival - New York, NY (2006)
  • 2006 New Hampshire Film Expo - Portsmouth, NH (2006)
  • Vermont International Film Festival - Burlington, VT (2006)
  • Calgary International Film Festival – Calgary & Alberta, Canada (2006)
  • TriContinental Film Festival – South Africa (2006)
  • Yerevan International Golden Apricot Film Festival - Armenia (2006)
  • Southside Film Festival - Bethlehem, PA (2006)
  • Norwegian Documentary Film Festival - Volda, Norway (2006)
  • New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival - New Orleans, LA (2006)
  • Human Rights Film Festival of Paris - Paris, France (2006)
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival - Ann Arbor, MI (2006)
  • Westchester International Film Festival - Westchester, NY (2006)