SHU Alum's Documentaries on Darfur to be Screened at Jewish Community Center

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Two documentary films on Darfur produced by Sacred Heart University alum Timothy Salem, MAT ’94, and his students at Danbury High School will be shown from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, on Sunday, January 20, 2008.

The screening of The Promise and Child of Hopes, Darfur Dreams of Peace is sponsored by Sacred Heart University’s Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, the Jewish Community Center of Eastern Fairfield County, the Consortium of Holocaust Educators, and the American Friends of the Ghetto Fighters' Museum. 

The Promise is a Danbury High School student video about genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan where over 400,000 people have been killed in Darfur since the genocide began in February 2003.  After school for three months in 2005, a group of students worked with Salem, assistant principal at the school, on the project.

According to Salem, The Promise is a reminder of the promise the United Nations and the world made in 1945 to hold people accountable for crimes against humanity. With the backdrop of the Holocaust, narration, images and quotations, the focus is on the plight of the children of Darfur. The world was promised "never again.”

The second film, the newly released Child of Hope: Darfur Dreams of Peace,
features the photography of actress and activist Mia Farrow. Created by Brian Simalchick and Tim Salem, Child of Hope presents the genocide in Darfur through the eyes of one brave child.

An open discussion will follow the viewing of the films.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are encouraged. Call Vivian Rockmacher at the JCC at 203-372-6567 or email her at