Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Darfur Now is a documentary film by Ted Braun that showcases how six very different people are playing their part in the effort to stop the genocide and bring humanitarian aid to the people of Darfur. The film follows the efforts of actor and activist Don Cheadle, star of the movie Hotel Rwanda, Pablo Recalde, a central figure in the World Food Program, Adam Sterling, a UCLA graduate who gets a bill passed to keep Californiaís state funds out of Sudan, Ahmed Mohammed Abakar, a community leader in a West Darfur refugee camp, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of International Criminal Court of the Hague, and Hejewa Adam, a woman who joins the rebels after being forced to watch her 3-year-old son beaten to death.
The soundtrack of Darfur Now is composed by Graeme Revell, a much sought after composer known for combining traditional ethnic music and natural sound. His works include Tomb Raider, Aeon Flux, Sin City, The Negotiator, The Crow, and more. For this soundtrack, Graeme Revell incorporates the exotic sounds of the locale with traditional guitars and percussion. Wind instruments give a haunting quality to many of the tracks found on the Darfur Now Soundtrack. Tracks that define the atrocities of the area are ominous sounding and designed to send chills through the listener. Drums are used to define both excitement and danger. The Darfur Now Soundtrack is not all sorrow and harshness. There are some uplifting tracks that define the advances made by the six activists featured in the film.
The exotic sound of the Darfur Now Soundtrack lends flavor to the soundtrack. It defines the people for the listener while the rest of the soundtrack tells the tales of the horrors of the region and the little victories that will hopefully bring an end to the atrocities that take place in Darfur. Iíve listened to this soundtrack at least four times in the past couple of days and find that I have not even come close to tiring of it. That, in itself, should be enough to tell you that the Darfur Now Soundtrack is worth checking out.