AJC, as part of its ongoing efforts to end the genocide in Darfur, created a Darfur Taskforce in 2004. Out this Taskforce came the idea to do a documentary film on the subject. Executive board member and literary agent, Dean Schramm, then AJC Executive Director Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, and Taskforce Chair Fredrick Levin worked toward launching this film project. This group also worked on the city-wide Los Angeles Darfur Observance Day in May 2007.
The result was the film 'Darfur Now' which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Warner Independent Pictures on November 2nd in Los Angeles and New York and then around the country. Schramm and Rabbi Greenebaum are Executive Producers on this project. Variety raves about the film here. The Jewish Journal, Jewish Forward, and JTA wrote about AJC's role in the project.
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Darfur Now Press Release for AJC or download here - describes AJC's role in the film for the media
Darfur Now Film Production Notes - for the media
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Spread the word on Darfur Now: www.participate.net/darfurnow
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To contact Congress, go to: www.darfurscores.org
To bear witness; To build awareness; To raise funds
AJC/LA aims to bear witness and build awareness of the ongoing genocide in Darfur. The Task Force also works to raise funds for victims and refugees in Darfur and Chad. The work of the Task Force is accomplished through partnerships with other organizations and communities, and interacting with elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.
Los Angeles Darfur Observance Day - May 20th 2007
AJC LA led a coalition of community leaders of ethnic and religious organizations of all faiths and backgrounds to raised awareness and called for an end to the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Outreach prior to the event included a kick-off meeting in the end of March, which energized leaders representing more than 30 various groups to educate their constituents about Darfur and to bring them to the May 20th event. The event was widely publicized on the internet, in local press (LA Times, Jewish Journal, local radio) and on street banners in 5 crucial locations in the City. There was also a vast campaign to reach Angelinos through posters and brochures located in churches, synagogues and other places, including all Time Warner Cable locations in the City. Subsequently, there were about 1000 people in attendance.
Upon entry to the sanctuary each person of the event received a packet with cards to sign, a brochure highlighting a cause in Darfur for which money would be raised that day, an in-depth material about the crisis in Darfur and a card with a name of a Darfuri victim. The program included the following components: cello performance, a few words from Don Cheadle on video, performance of the First AME Choir, invocation by FAME head Pastor John J. Hunter, keynote speech by Mayor Villaraigosa, video presentation, interfaith prayer led by Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, as well as presentations by AJC Executive Director Seth Brysk, Jewish World Watch Founding President Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Rabbi Harold Schulweis and native Darfurian Mohammed Yahya. The event culminated with an offering to support a project an International Rescue Committee project to help children in a refugee camp in Chad. About $50,000 was raised. After the event, organizations devoted to saving Darfur had tables outside with their materials.
Raising Funds for Solar Cookers to Help Families in Darfur
Darfur Task Force Kickoff Event with Ruth Messinger
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