Friday, October 02, 2009

The Tragedy of Darfur: “3 Points” Documentary

By Cleo E. Brown

Her name is little Noni. She is only nine years old. One day, only several years ago, as she walked home from school, she was prohibited from returning to the thatched roof house she shared with her parents and her siblings; For her father’s next door neighbor, the night before, had expressed pro-American sentiment at a house party.

Because the neighbor was a sanitation worker on behalf of The Sudanese Government, everyone present thought that this time espousing the sentiments would be acceptable. This time no one would be apprehended; this time no one would be raped; this time no one would be tortured; this time no one would be killed.

Little Noni’s father was not correct, for everyone in the neighborhood with the exception of Noni, who had not yet arrived home from school, was apprehended, placed in the sanitation worker’s front yard and shot to death like cattle.

This is, unfortunately, the current tragedy occurring in the Darfur Region of The Sudan where the people of the region have been the victims of genocide at the hands of Cultural Arabs (They are defined by life style and Nation instead of by Religion) hired by The Sudanese Government under the leadership of President Omar al-Bashir.

Basketball Star, named Tracy McGrady of The Houston Rockets, along with his friend named Ira Seright and a film crew travel from The United States to The African Nation of Chad to investigate early reports of this Genocide of people in The Darfur Region in a moving and an informative Documentary entitled
3 POINTS. “3 POINTS” stands for that which the refugees from Darfur ask for: Peace, Protection, and Punishment.

Produced by Don Faller and Elissa Grabow, McGrady and Seright with Chad Ambassador Adam Bechir and Human Right’s Activist John Prenderghast travel throughout The Nation of Chad which lays to The West of The Sudan. This group of people visit refugee camps where they are able to speak to the people of Darfur who have escaped the repression; who have escaped the rapes; who have escaped the torture; and who have escaped the murder of innocent men, women and children from the region. Through their investigation of these accounts of the atrocities committed against the people of Darfur, the victims’ stories begin to unfold.

Superb photography by Brian Jackson is a highlight of this heart-wrenching and gripping documentary. Equally as effective are the Direction by Josh Rothstein and the Editing by Eric Freidenburger. The original music score by Jordan Rothstein is also compelling.

If there are flaws within this documentary, it is because the issue of why the people of Darfur are being raped and murdered is not sufficiently enough addressed to the extent that viewers are left with no answer to this question.

Although I strongly recommend
3 POINTS, I caution those who are squeamish against viewing this real life account of a current tragedy with no clear solution yet in sight. 3 POINTS can be found on Hulu at I give to 3 POINTS a bouquet of roses because the film is excellent.

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About the Author: Cleo E. Brown has a Master’s Degree in Contemporary African American History from The University of California at Davis in Davis, California. She has also completed coarse work towards a Doctorate in Education from The University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. Formerly on staff at The Learning Center in New York City, New York where she was The Dean of Academic Instruction, Cleo E. Brown is also a Senior Editor and Writer at You can email her at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Maybe our inability to understand the brutality of the Darfur extermination at the hands of the Janjaweed is due to our failure to recognize this behavior has been the MO of all imperialists throughout history (including the supposedly innocent Native Americans) until the British Empire introduced what became our modern view of moral governance. The Islamists' acceptance of slavery just supports the contention that they seek to return to the Middle Ages.