Tim Salem was doing course research for a class he taught when he learned about the atrocities in Darfur. As Assistant Principal he visited a number of his school’s classrooms giving presentations on Darfur. Tim reports that, “after one of these presentations six students appeared in my office and we began to share ideas and settled on trying to create a visual aspect of the genocide that could turn apathy into empathy and action. Four months later we had created a short eight-minute documentary titled The Promise.”
The Promise was instrumental in moving the State of Connecticut to divest from Sudan and has won two film awards. Its impact on education and outreach has been tremendous: the group has traveled to high schools and colleges all over the country teaching about Darfur and, upon request, has distributed the film worldwide. Most recently the group was invited to Washington, DC, to do a presentation for Members of Congress.