Award Winning Film Festival

1. Film: Kinyarwanda

KinyarwandaDON’T MISS the Award-winning film “Kinyarwanda” with special guests from the film at Community Life Forward Conference 2012.

See the trailer here: http://www.kinyarwandamovie.com/kinyarwanda-trailer.html

During the Rwandan genocide, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other.

At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. KINYARWANDA is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing. See More About Kinyarwanda

2. Film: The Interrupters

The Interrupters

“The Interrupters” Ameena Matthews on The Colbert Report http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/407605/february-01-2012/ameena-matthews

About the Interrupters

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. During that period, the city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape. See More About The Interrupters…