18 November 2007 | Seamus2829
A Time In Hell
Anybody who's been following the news of the last few years (outside of the USA,that is)should know of the horrible genocide of the people of Darfur,who's lives have been a misery from the government based militia known as the Janjuweed (if I'm spelling that right). Actor Don Cheadle (who appears in this film)was made aware of this appalling situation when he went to Africa to appear in 'Hotel Rwanda', and has been an outspoken critic of the mass genocide of the indigenous Fur people of Darfur. This film manages to tell six stories (Cheadle's included)of the plight to end the suffering and misery. The six intersecting stories interweave nicely among one another. If you saw the recent documentary 'The Devil Rides On Horseback',you'll get the basic idea. This film,although unpleasant at times,is a bit more audience friendly than 'Horseback', so older youngsters will be able to see it and not be quite as traumatized with the images,than in 'Horseback'. My only gripe is the music score, which relies on pseudo New Agey schmaltz,which doesn't compliment the film (I guess it could have been far worse--oh,say a musical score by Andrew Lloyd Webber,for example). That aside, Darfur Now is another addition to the growing ranks of quality documentaries that are playing out these days.