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Title - 'Darfur Now' (Lakeshore Records)
Artist - Graeme Revell

In 'Darfur Now,' documentary filmmaker Ted Braun focuses on the genocide taking place in the westernmost region of Sudan. It’s a situation that desperately needs exposure. The United Nations reports that as of 2007, approximately 200,000 people have been slaughtered and another 2.5 million people have been forced to flee their rural villages and seek shelter in displaced persons camps where living conditions are intolerable.

The camps are, in fact, more like prisons--but those who live in them have no alternative other than to face molestation and murder at the hands of roving mercenary thugs who are sanctioned by the government. This is clearly a situation that desperately needs the kind of widespread exposure that calls people of conscience to take action and insist that the genocide is stopped.

Many scenes are compeling, brought to life ever more so by Revell's soaring score, but when a woman is seen bathing in a brook; then describing the death of her son, the impact of her words is brought to the fore by the soundtrack’s reedy new age music. Later, images of her training to fight are accompanied by some resolute orchestration that lends itself perfectly to the real danger she is in.