Whatever Happened to Darfur Anyway?

5 Nov

For this week’s blog, Publish First. Ask Later did a little bit of research on how many people remember the conflict in Darfur. It was a big topic on campuses a few years ago, but you don’t hear so much about it these days and we wanted to know where all that energy and activism has gone.

We filmed three students answering questions related to the topics of Darfur and African-connected celebrities and one young gentleman who identified pictures of celebrities related to the Save Darfur campaign. The pictured celebrities were, Barack Obama, who as a senator spoke at several Save Darfur rallies, George Clooney, who has been one of the most visible people campaigning on behalf of Save Darfur, and Angelina Jolie, who as you can imagine, not only accompanied her husband on some of his Africa-saving trips, but has in fact written several essays championing the cause. Last, we saved some photos of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, sporting some dashing headgear, to see if our interviewee could identify him.

Next we asked people our relevant Darfur/celebrity questions. If you watch the video below, you can see exactly how much people knew about what. That is to say, not much about Darfur at all, but quite a lot about some African-inspired singers whose hips don’t lie.


2 Responses to “Whatever Happened to Darfur Anyway?”

  1. Sean Jacobs November 6, 2010 at 3:44 am #

    That was good work. Love the video work (especially the editing).


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