Rwandan Genocide 25th Anniversary Commemoration
April 2019 marks the 29th anniversary of the outbreak of the genocide in Rwanda, during which 800,000 to one million people were slaughtered in the span of 100 days. This three-film series offers up feature-film and documentary views of the personal and social destruction, the difficulties of national reconciliation, and the next generation's hope to rise from the ashes. Each film will be followed by a talk-back session with a variety of specialists for the audience.
Rising from Ashes is a feature-length documentary tells the story of the creation of the Rwandan national cycling team in the aftermath of the genocide and its riders' six-year quest to represent Rwanda in the 2012 Olympics. Jock Boyer, the first American to compete in the Tour de France, is drawn by the unexpected challenge and motivated by the darkness in his own past to teach the members of his team the redemptive value of suffering and pain to heal and rise. Dr. Jeff Holdeman will be moderating the talk-back session at the end. (Dir. T.C. Johnstone, 2012, 82 min, SD Presentation)
The series co-sponsors are: IU Books & Beyond; Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education; Department of Political Science; Department of History; College of Arts and Sciences; Department of International Studies; IU Cinema; and IU Libraries Moving Image Archive/Screening Room.
*This event is free, but ticketed, and open to the public.
*The Screening Room temperature tends to run cool, so please remember to bring a jacket or sweater.
*No food or drink is permitted in the Screening Room.