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Since gaining independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956, Sudan has experienced more years of conflict than peace. These conflicts, fought between the Sudanese government and movements arising in Sudan’s peripheries, are commonly rooted in the exploitative leadership of Khartoum and the unequal distribution of power and wealth among the Sudanese population.

Several million people have been displaced by the conflict. Innocent people, mostly women and children, are abused, raped and murdered daily in this region. The international community has been slow to respond in helping the local population and to bringing the criminals to justice.

copy_of_ChildrenOfWarposter.jpgChildren of War

Director: Bryan Single

Year: 2009

Country: USA

Length: 75 min

Filmed in the war-zone of northern Uganda over a period of three years by Director Bryan Single. 'Children of War' is a unique and incandescent documentary which follows a group of former child soldiers as they escape the battlefield, enter a rehabilitation center, and undergo a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing.

Having been abducted from their homes and schools and forced to become fighters by the Lord's Resistance Army - a quasi-religious militia led by self-proclaimed prophet and war criminal Joseph Kony - the children struggle to confront and break through years of captivity, extreme religious indoctrination, and participation in war crimes with the help of a team of trauma counselors. As these fearless allies guide the children forward into new lives.

At the Cinema for Peace Gala 2010 "Children of War" was honoured with the Cinema for Peace Award for Justice for capturing the journey of a group of former child soldiers from war to peace. In late 2010 Cinema for Peace organized a Special Evening on Africa in New York and screening of the film at the UN General Assembly Hall.

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devil_came_on_horseback_xlg.jpgThe Devil Came on Horseback

Director: Anne Sundberg and Ricki Stern

Year: 2007

Country: USA

Length: 85 min

The tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness and who has since returned to the US to take action to stop it. Uses the photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle to take the viewer on a journey into the heart of Darfur, Sudan, where an Arab run government is systematically executing a plan to rid the province of its black African citizens. As an official military observer, Steidle had access to parts of the country that no journalist could penetrate. Ultimately frustrated by the inaction of the international community, Steidle resigned and returned to the US to expose the images and stories of lives systematically destroyed. We witness Steidle's transformation from soldier to observer to witness and, finally, to passionate activist and moral hero.

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DarfurNow.jpgDarfur Now

Director: Ted Brown

Year: 2007

Country: USA

Length: 98 min

The struggles and achievements of six individuals bring to light the situation in Darfur and the need to get involved. From a UCLA graduate in Los Angeles, California, to a Darfurian woman who joins rebel forces, to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, to a United Nations humanitarian on the ground in Sudan, to an internationally known actor and activist, and finally to a community leader in a West Darfur refugee camp, the film portrays the efforts of six people responding to a humanitarian tragedy unfolding before our eyes. The film explores the Darfur conflict through the first-hand experiences of Don Cheadle, Hejewa Adam, Pablo Recalde, Ahmed Mohammed Abakar, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and Adam Sterling.

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Films of Sudan