HBO presents Movies With a Difference this July


Mumbai: Tune into four socially relevant movies every Wednesday at 9:00pm in Movies With A Difference at HBO. The movies include Pay It Forward on 9 July, Blood Diamond on 16 July, Darfur Now on 23 July and Gorillas in the Midst : Story of Dian Fossey on 30 July.

Watch out how an idea changes the lives of thousands of people all over the country with the drama flick Pay it Forward starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, Haley Joel Osment and Jon Bon Jovi. When a teacher, Eugene Simonet (Spacey), assigned his class to think of one idea that could change the world, he did not quite realize what his student, Trevor McKinney (Osment), would come up with.

Trevor suggests that everybody starts paying a favour forward to someone else who needs help, instead of the conventional way of paying it back to the one who has helped you. Find out how the idea changes the lives of many, including those of his alcohol-addicted mother, Arlene (Hunt), and his own physically and emotionally burnt teacher.

Leonardo Dicaprio stars in suspense thriller Blood Diamond where Danny Archer (DiCaprio) is a mercenary smuggler searching for a priceless pink diamond. Djimon Hounsou plays a desperate father searching for his lost son while Jennifer Connelly stars as a reporter trying to uncover the truth behind the trade of conflict diamonds.

Amid the chaos of Sierra Leone’s civil war, the three embark on a dangerous quest together — in search of the extraordinary gem, a lost son and the brutal story behind the diamond trade. Blood Diamond has been nominated for five Oscars in 2007 across various categories.

A story of hope in the midst of one of humanity’s darkest hours — a call to action for people everywhere to end the catastrophe unfolding in Darfur, Sudan — tune into drama flick Darfur Now. In this film, the struggles and achievements of six very different individuals bring to light the situation in Darfur and the need to get involved. Written and directed by Ted Braun, the film explores the Darfur conflict through the first-hand experiences of Don Cheadle, Hejewa Adam, Pablo Recalde, Ahmed Mohammed Abakar, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and Adam Sterling.

Adding on to the exciting buffet of movies, HBO showcases the drama flick Gorillas In The Mist: The Story Of Dian Fossey starring Sigourney Weaver, Bryan Brown, John Omirah and Julie Harris. Dian Fossey (Weaver) fights to save the African mountain gorillas from extinction at the hands of poachers. Self-assured, passionate and fiercely independent; Fossey lives dangerously with the gorillas in their own rugged world, becoming their friend and protector.