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Special Screening of Darfur Now!

A coalition of organizations is sponsoring a special advance preview of Darfur Now! a documentary film featuring Adam Sterling of the Sudan Divestment Taskforce and an alum of UCLA.

Monday, October 22, 2007
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Room 100, Moore Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095


  • Darfur Now! Screening -- 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
  • Panel Discussion -- 8:45 PM

Featured Panelists:

  • Stephen Rapp, former Chief Prosecutor United Nations-International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • Adam Sterling, Executive Director, Sudan Divestment Task Force and subject in DARFUR NOW
  • Edward A. Alpers, Professor and Chair of UCLA History Department

Moderated by:

  • Melody Barnes, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress

Official Synopsis:
Six lives transformed by human tragedy.
Six people united by a belief that anything is possible.
Six individuals committed to ending the worst crisis of the 21st century.

Darfur Now is a story of hope in the midst of one of humanity's darkest hours - a call to action for people everywhere to end the catastrophe unfolding in Darfur, Sudan. In this documentary, the struggles and achievements of six different individuals from inside Darfur and around the world bring to light the tragedy in Sudan and show how the actions of one person can make a difference to millions. Written and directed by Ted Braun, the film explores the Darfur conflict through the first-hand experiences of Don Cheadle, Hejewa Adam, Pablo Recalde, Ahmed Mohammed Abakar, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and Adam Sterling. Executive Produced by Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Omar Amanat, Matt Palmieri, Gary Greenebaum and Dean Schramm. Produced by Cathy Schulman, Don Cheadle and Mark Jonathan Harris.

Please join us for a provocative panel discussion and Q&A session immediately following the film during which panelists will discuss the film and the on-going crisis in Darfur.

The screening will start at 7:00 pm sharp. Doors open at 6:30 pm. 
RSVP Required. RSVP's are for single tickets. First come, first served.

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For more information, please call 202-741-6246 or 310-825-3686.

Please let us know in advance if you have accessibility-related needs so that we can be sure to accommodate you.

Panelist Biographies

  • Adam Sterling
    Adam Sterling is the executive director of the Sudan Divestment Task Force, a project of the Genocide Intervention Network. Adam is a recent graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles with degrees in African American Studies and Political Science. Adam has received a number of humanitarian awards and serves as an advisor on divestment issues to numerous state pension funds, state legislators, and federal representatives. His writings have appeared extensively in the press, including contributions to The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The LA Times, The SF Chronicle, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio.
  • Edward (Ned) Alpers
    Edward A. Alpers has been a member of the UCLA faculty since 1966, Ned also taught at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (1966-1968) and the Somali National University (1980) as a Fulbright Fellow. Previously, Ned served as both undergraduate and graduate vice chair of the department and he was Dean of Honors and Undergraduate Programs in the College of Letters & Science from 1985 to 1996. In 1994 he was elected President of the African Studies Association, the world's largest scholarly association in his area of expertise. Professor Alpers has published Ivory and Slaves in East Central Africa, (1975) and a wide range of chapters in books and scholarly articles. He has co-edited with Pierre-Michel Fontaine, Walter Rodney: Revolutionary and Scholar (1982), with William Worger and Nancy Clark, Africa and the West: A Documentary history from the Slave Trade to Independence (2001), with Vijaya Teelock History, Memory, and Identity (2001), with Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, Sidis and Scholars: Essays on African Indians (2004), and with Gwyn Campbell and Michael Salman, Slavery and Resistance in Asia and Africa (2005). He is currently writing a political economy of eastern Tanzania in the nineteenth century while at the same time engaged in a long-term study of the African diaspora in the Indian Ocean. He will also be writing a text entitled The African Diaspora: A Global Perspective. Professor Alpers has served as chair or co-chair for fifty Ph.D. dissertations and presently chairs or co-chairs the committees of ten advanced graduate students.
  • Stephen J. Rapp
    In December 2006 the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed Stephen J. Rapp as the third Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Mr. Rapp was previously Chief of Prosecutions at the United Nations-International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) from May 2005. In this position, Mr. Rapp was responsible for supervising the prosecution of military, government and political leaders responsible for the Rwandan genocide in trials at the ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania. Before that, he served as Senior Trial Attorney of what has been called the "Media Trial," against the principals of RTLM radio and the editor of the Kangura newspaper. In December 2003, the Trial Chamber pronounced each of the defendants guilty of Genocide, Direct and Public Incitement to Commit Genocide, and other crimes. Rapp, the lead prosecutor, became renowned internationally for winning the most controversial case stemming from the Rwandan civil war. Prior to his service at the ICTR, Mr. Rapp was United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa from November 1993 until May 2001. Rapp was one of the first federal prosecutors to convict repeat abusers under the Violence Against Women Act. Prior to his service as US Attorney, he was in private practice of law in Waterloo, Iowa. He also served as a Staff Director and Counsel at the US Senate Judiciary Committee and as an elected member of the Iowa Legislature.
  • Melody Barnes
    Melody Barnes is the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, where she coordinates and helps to integrate all of the Center's policy work from the policy departments, fellows, and the Center's network of outside policy experts. From December 1995 until March 2003, Barnes served as chief counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) on the Senate Judiciary Committee. As Kennedy's chief counsel, she shaped civil rights, women's health and reproductive rights, commercial law, and religious liberties laws, as well as executive branch and judicial appointments. Barnes' experience also includes an appointment as Director of Legislative Affairs for the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and serving as assistant counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights. During her tenure with the Subcommittee, she worked closely with members of Congress and their staffs to pass the Voting Rights Improvement Act of 1992, which was signed into law. Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City and is a member of both the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Constitution Project, EMILY's List, and The Maya Angelou Public Charter School. She received her law degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with honors in history.

Darfur Now opens November 2nd.
Darfur Now was rated PG for thematic material involving crimes against humanity

For more on the Center for American Progress Reel Progress film series, please see:

  • Reel Progress is the progressive film series sponsored by the Center for American Progress. Since March of 2005, the Center has hosted free screenings open to the public in DC and around the country. These screenings are followed by provocative panel discussions with leading policy experts, actors and filmmakers. We aim to advance a progressive agenda through innovative films that connect the arts to campaigns for social change and progressive public policy.

Related Links:

The Center for American Progress

Sudan Divestment Task Force

UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations -



Genocide Intervention Network (GNI)

Amnesty International

American Jewish Committee

Warner Independent Pictures

Participant Productions

Darfur Action Committee at UCLA (a member of STAND)





Parking is available for $8 and permits can be purchased at the kiosk at Westwood Plaza or at Hilgard Avenue and Westholme. Parking Lots P6 & P2 offer closest access to Moore Hall.

Cost : Free and open to the public; RSVP is required to (see above link in text)

UCLA African Studies Center or The Center for American Progress
310-825-3686 (African Studies) or 202-741-6246 (Center for American Progress)

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Darfur Action Committee, Burkle Center for International Relations, The Center for American Progress, Campus Progress, ENOUGH, Sudan Divestment Task Force, Genocide Intervention Network, STAND -A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, Amnesty International, American Jewish Committee, Warner Independent Pictures and Participant Productions.

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