CREATING OPPORTUNITY WHERE
NONE HAS EXISTED BEFORE!
ABC4All Dream Realized
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It is possible to inform ourselves, to learn about the genocides as this section of the Taking IT Global site will help us do.
But to experience Genocide, to survive and then to share the experience with others is something else that recently was possible to witness.
Recently in Los Angeles, California, there was a showing of ABC4All Mentor Gilbert NDAHAYO's documentary film when it was screened at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute: http://college.usc.edu/vhi/pr/FilmScreening_BehindThisConvent.php
Behind This Convent, a documentary film produced and directed by Gilbert Ndahayo details the tragedy that befell his village during the hundred-day Rwandan Tutsi Genocide of 1994 that claimed as many as one million lives.
Upon returning to his home at the age of 13, Ndahayo discovered the bodies of his family and 200 other villagers in a pit in his backyard. Through his use of testimony from survivors, the emotional story of the nuns who witnessed the horror, and the confession of his parents' murderer, Ndahayo documents the genocide and its aftermath.
Gilbert had joined the ABC4All Global Mentoring TEAM Project and kindly sent an advance copy of the DVD, making it possible to view the entire documentary and to have an opportunity to write a review. This can be found at the ABC4All Website called, "Opportunity." One of the most heinous of experiences one could have while alive, as in Gilbert's case, has been put into juxtaposition to what is also possible in this world, namely the creation of opportunity that has never existed before.
What is the bottom line? RESTORATION OF HOPE AND DIGNITY IN LIVING. In fact, in his fervent attempt to communicate with others in the world about his experiences, Gilbert is working to restore HOPE in himself, in his remaining family members and in communities at large. To grapple with these issues when one views "Behind This Convent," is just a beginning. Through the work of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, there will now be recordings made of the Rwanda Tutsi Genocide survivors, of which Gilbert is one. His film clearly has set the stage for another of the extraordinarly important projects being undertaken by the Institute to document genocides in the world.
Burton Danet, Ph.D., Co-Founder, ABC4All http://abc4all.net Facilitator, ABC4All Global Mentoring TEAM Project http://projects.takingitglobal.org/abc4allglobalteam
Documentary Filmmaker Gilbert Ndahayo from Rwanda.
I burned the first DVD of my movie "Growing roses on a bed of skeletons" to send to Burton Danet. For viewing a trailer, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
One hundred years from now, historians who do research about our time will use video as their main resource. In the future, the past will be visual.
From his TakingITGlobal Profile:
"Gilbert Ndahayo was 13 years old when he lost his parents, a young sister and two hundred other villagers who were massacred together in his home garden in 1994 Rwanda's genocide. His home was burned to the ground. Suddenly, he was an orphan in the middle of a war zone, responsible for four younger siblings. Nobody in his family was killed by a bullet. They were burnt alive after being thrown into a pit in his parents' garden. Twelve years later, after overcoming dreadful and frightening challenges, he has emerged as a brilliant storyteller and filmmaker. He says, I started to search for a way of healing myself and my community; this is how I landed in journalism and film-making."
ON A BED OF SKELETONS
FREEDOM IN THE WORLD 2008
About "Growing Roses on a Bed of Skeletons:"
When the genocide breaks out in Rwanda in 1994, Gilbert's family, father, mother and young sister are killed. Along with 200 neighbours, they are attacked with hoes and then burned alive in a pit in his parent's back garden. This coming film follows what happens next...
This ABC4All web page is dedicated to all the efforts being made across the world to create Opportunity Where None Has Existed Before via MANDATED ACTION for What The World Needs Now.
Burton Danet, Ph.D., Co-Founder, ABC4All