Sudan protests over Darfur film shoot in Kenya
Sudan has protested the filming of a movie on Darfur crisis in Kenya.
It has also condemned the production of “Revenge” by its director, Susanne Bier’s.
The Sudan government wants Kenya to intervene to halt production of the film by a Danish company on allegations of genocide in Darfur.
Sudan embassy in Nairobi said the film is currently being shot in some displaced people camps in Kenya and a number of cities in Denmark.
“The Director the Department of Crisis Management and Conflict Solution at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Omer Dahab, Wednesday received the Kenyan Charge d’Affaires to Sudan and conveyed to him Sudan reservation over the racial film which, if it is displayed, will lead to a deep rift in the social fabric in Darfur and serious complications in the crisis which is now about to be solved,”
a statement from the embassy said.
It said the Kenyan Charge d’Affaires appreciated the deeply-rooted ties between Sudan and Kenya and pledged to convey Sudan government reservations to the Kenyan government.
Separately, Sudan embassy spokeswoman S Somaya said it was wrong for the producers of the film to shoot it in Kenya and depict it to have been done in Darfur.
He said some people in IDP camps in Naivasha were lured to participate in the film and poorly paid.
Sudan’s government has spoken out against Bier’s film, ‘Hvnen’ (The Revenge) describing it as anti-Islamic and on par.
The film represents ‘non-existing conditions in Darfur’ and is ‘a new step in the hostile forces working to prolong the war in Darfur,’ it said.
Shot in Kenya and Denmark, it is based on the war in Sudan’s Darfur region and tracks refugees from camps in Sudan to their new life in a small town on the Danish island of Funen.
‘Revenge’ stars Danish actors Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen, and Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt. It is expected to hit theatres in August.