ICYIZERE:hope now available on DVD at Global Fayre

May 29, 2009 at 16:56 Leave a comment

We recently went to a showing of ICYIZERE (pronounced E-CHEEZ-EH-REH) at The Moxie, and stayed afterwards to hear Patrick Mureithi talk about the film and his experiences in Rwanda (It was showing at the Moxie, an independant movie house in downtown Springfield).

Filmed over 3 years, ICYIZERE:hope is a documentary about a reconciliation workshop in Rwanda that brings together 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 genocide, with encouraging results. Through addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and conducting a series of group exercises that help to build trust, the workshop brings participates to a place where they realize that:

a) they are more similar than different

b) they are ALL the victim and the aggressor, and are all suffering from trauma

c) the most effective way to overcome their trauma is by making an effort to forgive each other and work toward rebuilding trust withint their communities.

One of the questions after the film was about whether this project, and the approach taken to reconciliation, could be applied in other situations. The answer, of course, is a resounding YES! As I listened I was struck by the similarity to my childhood memory of the reconciliation process in Northern Ireland. It was only when people (rather than politicians) started talking to each other, sharing experiences, that they started to break down the barriers between Catholics and Protestants and figure out how to work together for the sake of their collective community.

Patrick has shown real tenacity and determination in taking this project as far as he has. His next step is to take the film back to the Rwanda Film Festival (he showed an earlier version of it there last year). To assist with funding for this trip, copies of the DVD are now available, priced $20.

We are proud to support Patrick by selling copies of the DVD at Global Fayre. ALL proceeds will go towards funding his upcoming trip to Rwanda. So hurry on down and get your copy!

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