Genocide Commemorative Film Festival

April 1st, 2014, Soka University of America

Remembering the past Toward Healing our Future:

A six event commemorative film festival featuring the stories of survivors and their children

[April 2011 was the first official Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month in the State of California. In April 2010, the California State Legislature passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 144 proclaiming April of each year Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.]


My Neighbor, My Killer (2011)
Synopsis: Could you ever forgive the people who slaughtered your family? In 1994, hundreds of thousands of Rwandan Hutus were incited to wipe out the country’s Tutsi minority. Local “patrols” massacred lifelong friends and family members, often with machetes and imporvised weapons. In 2001, the government put in place the Gacaca Tribunals — open-air hearings with citizen-judges meant to try their neighbors and rebuild the nation. As part of this experiment in reconciliation, confessed genocide killers were sent home from prison, while traumatized survivors are asked to forgive and resume living side- by- side. Award-winning filmmaker Anne Aghion has charted the impact of Gacaca on survivors and perpetrators alike. Through their fear and anger, accusation and defenses, blurry truths, inconsolable sadness, and hope for life renewed, she captures the emotional journey to coexistence. 

Order of Events — April 1, 2014 

9a – 530p (tents) Camp Darfur Interactive 
  • 5 of the 6 featured tents are located on the Campus Green
  • a traveling, awareness-raising six tent refugee camp exhibit, (one for each genocide being commemorated in April).
  • Community booths from partnering organizations will be featured at the reception. 
Pauling Plaza

Open to the public. Guests meet panelists and guest speakers. 
  • light refreshments–tea, coffee
  • visuals on the history of Rwanda genocide
  • Rwanda tent open 

Program: 6p-8p Film and Discussion

  • Introduction and welcome
  • Guest Speaker #1 (Survivor)
  • Film Screening 
  • Guest Speaker #2 
  • Q & A
  • Information and advocacy organizations/ how to engage

Speakers: Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli, Delly Nzella, Kristi Wilson

Camp Darfur, a mobile 6-refugee tent exhibit featuring info on genocides commemorated in April will be on campus beginning at NOON. Campus map:

Community booths will be included at the reception as well as background info on the Rwanda genocide.

For all event details, film trailers, list of community partners, and RSVP:

Living Ubuntu, in collaboration with with Amnesty International – Irvine and six local academic institutions and community partners, presents a six-event commemorative film series featuring the stories of survivors and their children. April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, and each film commemorates a genocide that started during April. Living Ubuntu provides education about global traumas as part of its mission to heal trauma in order to promote peace. All films are free and open to the public. The first one is about Rwanda.

“Surviving is more than just staying alive; surviving is learning how to live again.” – Carl Wilkens

Living Ubuntu, a local non-profit located in Newport Beach, is organizing a film festival for April GAPM 2014. This 6-part event will take note of each of April’s genocide commemorations, Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodian, Darfur, Armenian, and the Holocaust, by including 6 colleges / universities within Orange County, each hosting one event themed around one particular genocide. Each event will include a film and speaker(s) and each will be unique to the desires of the campus, selected according to what is best-suited to their own student populations. Additional local organizations with international focus will be asked to sign on as community partners. The intended audience is both students and members of the community.

While each campus is free to promote their own event in any way they see fit, additional public promotion will take place, marketing the six events as all part of the whole. The goal is to encourage attendees to attend multiple events, ideally, all of them. A secondary goal of the event is to increase awareness of genocide, trans-generational trauma and opportunities to get involved locally. The events will emphasize the human experiences of genocide, the stories of survivors and their children. Themes of the trans-generational nature of trauma will be included toward increasing our common need for coming together in healing in this world. We seek to remember the past toward healing our future.

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