HBO buys Darfur docu ‘Sand and Sorrow’

09 Aug

One would think this was a good thing.

The documentary, which is set to premiere on the premium cable channel in December, chronicles the historical events that led to the rise of Darfur’s Arab-dominated government that allows its people to be killed and displaced, 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 in the past.


Are we making a business out of this?

Would we not hope for a resolution by then. Do we not see the need for expediency in the airing of this documentary?

HBO is not the Federal Government, why the time lapse between the purchase and the airing of something which needs to be aired now?

How is it that you purchase a documentary about a situation in need of a solution three years ago and air it months later?


8 responses to “HBO buys Darfur docu ‘Sand and Sorrow’

  1. Yobachi

    August 10, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Maybe we need to have a letter writing campaign urging HBO to air it now. What say you?

  2. cooper

    August 10, 2007 at 11:40 am

    I’m in agreement Yobachi. I have already written to HBO and was going to post something in regard to that in today’s post.

  3. Rod

    August 10, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    All hierarchies, regardless of their raison d’etre, are all motivated by self-interest. I agree with Yobachi, and maybe we can kick this up a notch further up. A blogosphere wide campaign demanding an expedited airing of the documentary in exchange for saving a subscription to HBO might just do the trick. No documentary? No compassion. No compassion? No subscription. No subscription? No profit.

    Get enough subscribers on board, and–all of a sudden–you have a PR nightmare.

    You’ve got to hit them where it hurts: in their pockets…

  4. PurpleZoe

    August 11, 2007 at 2:24 am

    I’m in. Do we know their structure in terms of who the best contact is at HBO? I’m guessing Program Director?

    On the HBO website they request that customers concerned with programming contact: HBO’s Consumer Affairs Department- 212-512-1208

    They leave no address.
    Obviously the pen is mightier.
    We can get the numbers of interested people I’m sure, but which address should everyone contact?

  5. PurpleZoe

    August 11, 2007 at 5:53 am

    What about an open letter to HBO, that accepts signatures via the web and can be viewed by anyone, in addition to print and or emails sent to an HBO address that will accept them?

  6. cooper

    August 12, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    I’m guessing program director and consumer affairs department.
    I’m a member of care2 nd they have a petition site which may work.

    I’m going to see what Yobachi has in mind because I’d hate to end up with more than one petition.
    I know the mailing address of the HBO corporate offices in NY, but not the departments at least as yet. I do think mailing as well as online and phone calls would be a good idea.

    HBO is also a subsidiary of Time Warner which we may want to keep in mind.

  7. BillyWarhol

    August 13, 2007 at 1:22 am

    i was reading an interesting bit on the genocide in Rwanda between the Hutu + Tutsis in god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens – seems Ethnic Tribalism fuelled by Religious beliefs cause a lot of this bad stuff no matter where it occurs in the World* It really is a sad mess – especially when innocent civilians or refugees always seem to take the brunt*

  8. PurpleZoe

    August 13, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks Cooper ^_^ Yobachi posted something at today about the letter drive. An address for HBO is listed in that post.

    I cut and pasted it, in case it can be of use to anyone passing through.

    Richard Plepler
    VP Admin Service/Public Relations
    1100 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10036

    Have a good 1!


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