Â NBAâ€™s Emeka Okafor Launches ‘Blood on Our Hands’ Campaign
Paul Freedmanâ€™s new documentary â€˜Sand and Sorrow â€“ The Tragic Story of Darfurâ€™ narrated by George Clooney is closing The Monaco Film Festival.
New York, NY (rushprnews) May 15, 2007 â€“ NBA Star – Emeka Okafor is set to launch ‘Blood on OurHands’ â€“ a celebrity art campaign aimed at highlighting the International Communityâ€™s failure to curb the systematic rape, murder and genocide of the people in Darfur.
The launch will precede the closing night screening of Peabody award winning
filmmaker, Paul Freedmanâ€™s new documentary â€˜Sand and Sorrow â€“ The Tragic
Story of Darfurâ€™ which is narrated by George Clooney.
Held at the International Emerging Talent Film Festival (15th May, Monaco) NBA Star – Emeka Okafor, who is special guest and presenter at the festivalâ€™sÂ Â WING awards, will be joined by Director of â€˜Sand and Sorrowâ€™ Paul Freedman, AMIS Peacekeeper from Darfur, Major Colince Ondova and John Prendergast, author of New York Times bestseller â€˜Not on Our Watchâ€™.
Emeka will be the first celebrity to place his blood-red handprints onto a painting crafted by leading British contemporary artist Sacha Jafri.
Sachaâ€™s painting features a haunting image selected by Paul Freedman
representing his experience filming in Darfur â€œAn empty expanse of nothing,
but the burned out huts of hundreds of thousands of villagers, who have
either been ousted from their homes, or murdered.â€™
The â€˜Blood on Our Handsâ€™ campaign will continue throughout 2007. Working
with leading artists over the coming months, the Sand and Sorrow team aim to
collect many more blood-red handprints on leading artists painting from, actors, musicians, human rights activists and politicians who share the view that action must be taken to end this terrible tragedy.
The ‘Blood on Our Hands’ paintings will show in an exhibition during 2008,
before being auctioned, with the aim of raising over $1.5 million in funds
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