I’ve never been a big George Clooney fan, or Brad Pitt for that matter. They strike me as people who have never been on the wrong side of a closed door, or at least not for a while. Standing there – door in face – is usually when the best character building takes place.
As well, funny guy Jimmy Kimmel, has more of the ah-ha (ha ha ha) factor for me. The way about someone is more important to me than a look. A sense of humour can make being stuck in the rain, waiting for a train or dealing with any sort of pain, a lot more fun than a pretty face ever could.
Documentaries introduced me to the horrors in Sudan
About 7 years ago I joined Toronto’s Doc Soup; Hot Docs’ monthly screening series. Why? Because “the truth is stranger than fiction.” You learn so much when you watch the truth. As well, signing up for stuff ahead of time and having a predictable pattern is the best way for me to walk away from the computer and press pause.
I love the Doc Soup series. You get to see eight documentaries – one a month – from September to April. Then you get a pass to watch 12 more films during the Hot Docs’ Film Festival. I usually leave kicking and screaming “I can’t go tonight, I have too much to do.” Then come back completely recharged with much more to bring to the table.
Due to Hot Docs great success, the program has been duplicated in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton. Click Here for more information.
Too many years ago I saw the documentary The Devil Came on Horseback about the Darfur Crisis. Before that, we saw a screening of the Lost Boys of Sudan. A film that follows two boys who survived militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya. Then they’re brought to America to begin a new life.
But here we are … years later … same horrific crimes on humanity.
What’s the best way to make a difference?
Who Is NOBODY? supports participants in experiencing how easy and fun it is to use their interests to help another living thing. Participants choose between helping people, animals or the environment via donations or time, materials or funds. All projects create awareness.
Bono from the band U2 once said:
We want your minds, not your money.
In other words… Creating awareness is the most powerful way to positively impact a problem.
George Clooney has done this.
And he’s gone all the way.
Below is a short overview of the crisis in Sudan. It was written and directed by George Clooney, who is also featured in the film. It’s based on his recent visit to Darfur, where you are not permitted to take footage.
WARNING: This video contains graphic content that some viewers may find disturbing.
How has George Clooney made a difference?
Today he stood up for what he believed in and got arrested, along with his dad.
George Clooney is certainly SOMEBODY who uses his interests and abilities to make a difference.
George Clooney has more than a look. He’s bringing attention from around the globe, to a world we can’t imagine, in a way money, materials and many other people can not.
How can you make a difference?
Click Here to join George Clooney and help Save Darfur.
The biggest hope of Who Is NOBODY? is for kids to have the experience of helping an organization or cause that is personally meaningful to them at an early age so that they can build on that experience as adults and become their own George Clooney for a cause they are passionate about.
Click Here for a comprehensive look at Sudan and George Clooney’s involvement.
Change starts with kids.