HBO travels to Darfur for 'Sand' docu


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

The docu, set to premiere in December on the premium cable channel, chronicles the events that led to the rise of Darfur's Arab-dominated government, 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.

"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 as they travel to mass graves inside Darfur and refugee camps along the Chad-Sudan border. It features interviews with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, U.S senators Barack Obama and Sam Brownback and rebel leader Minni Minawi.

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