HBO buys Darfur docu 'Sand and Sorrow'


HBO has acquired "Sand and Sorrow," Paul Freedman's documentary about the genocide in Darfur, which is executive produced and narrated by George Clooney.

The documentary, which is set to premiere on the premium cable channel in December, chronicles the historical events that led to the rise of Darfur's Arab-dominated government that allows its people to be killed and displaced, provides an inside look at the situation on the ground and examines the international community's "legacy of failure" to respond to such profound crimes against humanity in the past.

"The tragic events taking place in Darfur unfortunately are a continuation of the lack of response from the international community in protecting millions of innocent lives from their own government," Freedman said.

"Sand" follows human rights activist John Prendergast, Harvard University professor Samantha Power, and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's as they travel to refugee camps along the Chad-Sudan border, mass graves inside Darfur itself and the United States Senate. It features interviews with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, U.S Senators Barak Obama and Sam Brownback, Sudan scholars Alex de Waal and Gerard Prunier, and rebel leader Minni Minawi.

"Sand" was acquired through HBO's documentary films division ran by Sheila Nevins. The documentary was directed, produced, written and edited Freedman. Bradley J. Kaplan also produced, while Clooney, Natalie Lum Freedman and Michael Mendelsohn served as executive producers.