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They turned our desert into fire

Author: Gloria White-HammondElissa TestGeorgette GagnonJohn PrendergastBarbara Jean LeeAll authors
Publisher: Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2008.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Reporting the devastation, forced displacement, and genocide in Darfur should be a story with daily coverage. Mere mention of the word Darfur should set off a passionate exchange, or at least the question, What can be done? Unfortunately, the people of Darfur struggle with a problem common to so many victimized by geo-political realities how to overcome the willful indifference of powerful government and media  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary films
History
Nonfiction films
Additional Physical Format: Original version:
They turned our desert into fire.
Watertown, MA : Documentary Educational Resources (DER), 2008
(OCoLC)758826413
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Gloria White-Hammond; Elissa Test; Georgette Gagnon; John Prendergast; Barbara Jean Lee; Samantha Power; Jason Mitchell, (Producer); Stacey Ransom; Brecke Mark; Global Contact Films,; Purebred Productions Inc,; Documentary Educational Resources (Firm),
OCLC Number: 877880499
Language Note: This edition in English.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed Feb. 6, 2014).
Event notes: Recorded in 2003 in Darfur, Sudan and Washington, D.C.
Description: 1 online resource (117 min.)
Responsibility: directed by Mark Brecke ; produced by Jason Mitchell, Stacey Ransom, Mark Brecke, Global Contact Films and Purebred Productions Inc.

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Reporting the devastation, forced displacement, and genocide in Darfur should be a story with daily coverage. Mere mention of the word Darfur should set off a passionate exchange, or at least the question, What can be done? Unfortunately, the people of Darfur struggle with a problem common to so many victimized by geo-political realities how to overcome the willful indifference of powerful government and media interests who find their story unimportant or merely inconvenient. With images and first-hand accounts, filmmaker Mark Brecke shares his experience of the Darfur crisis with Amtrak train passengers journeying eastward on a three day trip to Washington D.C. Their reactions, interwoven with hard facts and expert opinion, raise the central question in They Turned Our Desert Into Fire - Why does the public not understand the severity of this crisis and how can the world continue to do nothing? In addition to the film and a slideshow of Brecke's photographs, this video also contains the short film War as a Second Language (27 min., 2002). Mark Brecke culled from 15 years of newsreels, documentaries, and raw footage of the Vietnam War to create an audio track which he then juxtaposed with moving and still images he shot in Vietnam and Cambodia in 1995. Tourists replace soldiers and the audio design becomes a haunting and evocative narrative about history and the legacies of war.

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