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Christmas in Darfur is an
independently produced
film funded solely through
the contributions of individuals
and organizations who take world affairs personally.

Your support is vital to the
success of this project. Every
single dollar is a great help,
so please don’t be shy; make
a donation of any denomination
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Or, if you don't like this newfangled technology, feel free to send a check to our newly formed non-profit organization (this film being the first of many projects to come, all dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of world affairs):

The Seventy-Seven International Foundation, Ltd.
2439 Ontario Rd. NW.
Washington, DC 20009


Additionally, if you'd like us to link to your site or blog, just let us know.
Questions? Comments?
Drop us a line: info@christmasindarfur.org

Our lovely supporters
(so far):


Eric Ottens, Tokyo

Lake County Press, Waukegan IL

Rick Song, Clincinatti, OH

Daryle Macoicha, Washington DC

Julie Mojica, Chicago

Z. Milak
, Rome

Darkroom
, Chicago

Bourbon, Washington DC

Catherine Dillon, St. Charles IL

Neema Enriquez
, Washington DC

Jerome Gaynor, St. Louis

Kevin Ambrose
, Homer Glen IL

Illinois Entertainer, Chicago

Winepress, Homewood IL

Matthew Myers
, Chicago

The Mushuganas, Chicago

Emily Dennison, Chicago

Usama Alshaibi, Chicago

Kristie Alshaibi, Chicago

Kathleen Erickson
, Carpentersville, IL

Jeff Ottens, Chicago

Mary DeRosa, Washington DC

must...ROCK!
, St. Louis MO

Jeffrey Canfiled, Burke VA

Bruce Thompson, Smyrna GA

Andrew Streicher, Little Rock AR

Doug Donsbach, Knoxville TN

Adam Landsman, Patomic MD

Arlene Rosenbaum, Rohnert Park CA

Jeff Stidham, Walla Walla WA

Brian Teixeira, Downington PA

Jennifer White, Rowlett TX

Bert Mojica, Cicero IL

Sarah Crossley
, Chicago

Vibhuti Hate, Washington DC

Toren Smith
, San Francisco

Mara Zupsich, Los Angeles

Silas Dilworth, Chicago

Mark Rodekohr, Oakton VA

Liisa Hantsoo, Philadelphia PA

Joana L. McCracken, Reston VA

Greg Sanders, Silver Spring MD

Christine Wormuth, Arlington VA

Jonathan Gad
, Mount Prospect IL

Barbara Mojica, Cicero IL

Simina Farcasiu, Roslyn Harbor NY

Carrie Maiorano, Mississauga ON

James Miller, Arlington VA

The Jawa Report
, The Internets

Rachel Posner, Washington DC

Joe Torre, Atlanta GA

Pierre Chao, Washington DC

Craig Hutler, Chicago

Mary King, Alexandria VA

Joan Sladaritz, Streamwood IL

Kevin O'Leary, Chicago

Tanya Tarr, Washington DC

Mid Continent Corporation
, Elk Grove Village IL

Leon Shahabian, Washington DC

Peter Jefferson, Chicago

Ky Henderson, Brooklyn

Lauren Liss, Chicago

Joshua Zucker, NYC

Ruth Lopez, Chicago

Ryan B. Thomas, NYC

Stephen Immerwahr, NYC

Braden King
, NYC

Annie Tomlin, Chicago

Alan Richardson, Los Banos CA

Adam Andres, Carol Stream IL

Gabrielle Zucker
, Baltimore MD

Alysia Kinsella, Chicago

Crystal MacKinnon, Chicago

Stephen Bagwell, Madison WI

Mary Beth Brennan
, Washington DC

Anna Kolodziej, Norridge IL

Mia Park, Chicago

Jenna Rounds, Watertown MA

Roxxane Ong, Elmsford NY

Porochista Khakpour
, NYC

Rod Scholl, Minneapolis MN

Brian Kinsella, Chicago

Robert Pietrusko, Malvern PA

Eugene Auh, NYC

Alexandra Geovanos, Belmont MA

Jason Tuttle, Los Angeles

Amy Kelly, Minneapolis MN

ThreeWalls, Chicago

Irena Basiura, Chicago

David Foster, Chicago

Alan Weiers, Minneapolis MN

Susan Franz, Chicago

Roy Wehrmeister, Skokie IL

Jamie Hayes, Chicago

Kenan Halabi, NYC

Lee Boot, Baltimore MD

Michael Sulmeyer, Santa Barbara CA

Roctober, Chicago

Meredith Yayanos, Rancho Santa Fe CA

Tammy Grunch, Wichita KS

Jason Chez, Vernon Hills IL

Ankush Goel, Chicago

Laura Keating, Washington DC

Tatiana Leneva, Alexandria VA

Andrew Gossett, Washington DC

Jennifer McReynolds, Chicago

Jeffrey Canfield, Burke VA

Ali-Mehran Khalili
, Gonderange Luxembourg

Pirus Press, Glasgow Scotland

Julie C Berson, Falls Church VA

Catherine Wynne Hamilton
, Greensboro NC

Thomas Devold, Alexandria VA

Robert Williams, Somerville MA

Gerald Epstein, Bethesda MD

Jennifer Pace, Laurel MD

Bunnyhop, Richmond VA

Aaron Lovell, Long Island City NY

Ameen Syed, Glendale Heights IL

Eerik Hantsoo
, Cambridge MA

Cheryl Kernahan, Namao AB Canada

Patrick Keller
, Portland OR

Scott Willis
, Ottawa ON Canada

Debbie Stroman, Washington DC

Catherine Mason, Richmond VA

Raymond F. Dubois, Washington DC

Tanya Primiani, Washington DC

Paul McKay, Smithfield RI

Matthew Shultz, NYC

Walter Yoon
, Woodside NY

David Scruggs, Washington DC

Melanie Faith, Schaumburg IL

Travis Elliott, Willow Street PA

Bates Gill, Clarksburg, MD

Aimee Bucher, Lake Villa IL

Steven Smith, St. Louis MO

The Royale, St. Louis MO

Kim Baynit, St. Louis MO

Dara Thomas, St. Louis MO

Jason Toon, St. Louis MO

Mark Early, St. Louis MO

Rachel Newman, St. Louis MO

Kelli Willams, St. Louis MO

Kelly Sullivan, St. Louis MO

Lauren O'Donnell, St. Louis MO

Jerry James Jester Jr.
, St. Louis MO

Deneva Grace, St. Louis MO

Tony Clark, St. Louis MO

Allison Trombley, St. Louis MO

Julie Fasbender, St. Louis MO

Susanna Yi, NYC

Gene Song, NYC

A. Rebecca Rozelle, St. Louis MO

Meredith Deegan
, Algonquin IL

Mary Williams
, Honolulu, HI

Owen Price, Alexandria VA

Jocelyn Spence, Farnborough UK

Richard Fairbanks
, Washington DC

Tom Melk, Chicago

Jason Pickleman, Chicago

Jen Hughes, Minneapolis MN

Jackie Lorenty
, Huntley IL

Greg Busse, Bensenville IL

Kammy Lee, Chicago

Roberta Howard, Oakton VA

Lyn Wigbels, Great Falls VA

John Schaus, Washington DC

Shinjiro Koizumi, Washington DC

Sr. Pat Doerr, OP, River Forest IL

Donna Spitler, Washington DC

Nathan Keay, Chicago

Emily Shultz, NYC

Olympia Fokta, West Chicago

Julie G Kelleher, San Antonio TX

Sarah Taylor, London

Adam Reeve, Duffy Austrailia

Doki-Doki Designs, St. Louis MO

Aron Packer, Chicago

Dave Rutledge, St. Louis MO

Rosamaria Garcia
, Belvidere IL

Clare Ros, Chicago

David Razowsky, Los Angeles

Daniel Gregory, Arlington VA

Jordan Razowsky
, Evanston IL

Amanda Mueller, St. Louis MO

Christina Mason, Washington DC

Sarah Taylor, London UK

Jill Tyler, Washington DC

Charles Sutherland, Kensington MD






































 

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Christmas in Darfur: A film by Jim Milak and Jason Mojica. Produced by G. Ryan Faith and Rachel Razowsky

WATCH THE FILM ONLINE NOW!

In December of 2006, three nerds from Chicago came up with the idea to travel to the refugee camps on Sudan’s border in hopes of finding out what it would really take to “save Darfur.”

With neither filmmaking experience nor a great deal of common sense, Jim Milak (an IT guy), Jason Mojica (a waiter), and G. Ryan Faith (a policy wonk) asked friends, family, and the denizens of the Internet to help them make this journey. Donations started trickling in, as if a testament to the general public inability to comprehend how so many people could be killed for so long without anybody doing anything about it. They came from the U.S. and they came from England. They came from Ambassadors and they came from busboys. Mostly, they came from complete strangers.

At a time when Sudan was charging journalists with espionage, neighboring Chad was fending off coup attempts, and aid agencies were evacuating personnel, coverage of the issue was on the decline. It was a catch 22: the more dangerous things became, the more important it was to call attention to it; the more dangerous things became, the less likely anyone would be there to call attention to it.

But armed with a DV camera, bulletproof vests, and insatiable curiosity, Jim, Ryan and Jason decided to go for it. They met rebels and they met refugees. They met humanitarians and they met politicians. Everyone had a solution and everyone had a heart of gold. And yet, for all the best intentions… not much has changed.

So what’s the point? What’s was the point of making this film? What’s the point of watching it? Good question. Christmas in Darfur? serves to illuminate a crisis that has been oversimplified for the admirable sake of drawing the world’s attention to what is undeniably a catastrophe—revealing a bit of the complexity that needs to be understood if a practicable solution is ever to be found. The film also shows how easy it is to become overwhelmed by this complexity—something that happened to our intrepid travelers. Finally, it demonstrates what happens when everyday people take it upon themselves to play a part in the world unfolding around them.

Although the trio have finished the film and posted it online for all the world to see, they’re still trying to recoup the cost of making the film and scrounge together money to translate it into Arabic, French, and Chinese. Additionally, they are hoping to fund a grassroots speaking / screening tour of college campuses, barrooms, backyards and basements. If this sounds like a worthy cause to you, donate a few bucks via Paypal, won’t you? And please, enjoy the film.

 

 

 

 

Watch the Film:

Read the Blog:
We went, we saw, we filmed...now what!? Get the answers at the Christmas in Darfur Blog:
Christmas in Darfur Blog


Boing Boing:
Sean Bonner goes behind the scenes of Christmas in Darfur for Boing Boing...


TV Appearances:
See the filmmakers on Chicago Tonight with Phil Ponce...

And on Washington DC's WUSA with Andrea Roane...

 

Chicago Tribune
The Tribune's Robert Elder chats with Jim about the film.

Radio Interview:
Listen to an interview with Jason Mojica on Chicago Public Radio's Vocalo.

Upcoming Events:

Los Angeles, CA
June 22, 2009



Mandrake
2692 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
7pm - FREE
Join Jim, Jason, and Ryan in Los Angeles for the premiere screening and a chat about the film. RSVP via Facebook.

Past Events:
We hosted several events to raise funds for the first stage of this project. Watch this space for upcoming events including the screenings of the film. But for posterity, let's remember the good time we had in...

Washington DC
December 20, 2007:
Bourbon
2321 18th St. NW
Washington, DC
8pm - $5
Guest DJ Laura Burhenn

Chicago
December 17, 2007:
The Hideout
1354 W. Wabansia
Chicago, IL
8pm
- $5

St. Louis
December 23, 2007

The Royale
3132 Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO
314.772.3600

Chicago
October 15, 2006:
The Mushuganas, Winepress, and DJs Rebecca Crawford & Emily Dennison of The Dials

Sunday, Oct. 15th, 2006
8pm-2am
$10 / 21 and up
Darkroom
2210 W. Chicago Ave.



Washington, DC
November 15, 2006
DJs Neville C. and D-Mac, plus a very special happy-hour set by Jason Mojica pitting two of the greatest crooners of our generation against each other: Frank Sinatra and Glen Danzig. Additional performance by Matthew Shultz.

Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 2006
6pm-1am
$5 / 21 and up
Bourbon
2321 18th St. NW
Washington, DC

St. Louis, MO
December 7, 2006
St. Louis - December 7

Join Mark Early, Jason Mojica, Jason Toon, and Jerome Gaynor at The Royale as they spin their favorite punk, funk, and other junk. Proceeds from drink and dinner specials will go to Christmas in Darfur and Reporters Without Borders.

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
The Royale
3132 Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO
314.772.3600