by Safana Khan
Twenty years ago the world witnessed the grotesque Rwandan Genocide, which claimed nearly one million lives in the course of three days. The violence was a result of ethnic tensions between the Hutu and the minority Tutsi population. The perpetrators of violence did not discriminate in their carnage; they killed men, women and children. Entire families were destroyed and women were raped. Hutu who opposed killing the Tutsi were seen as traitors and killed as well. Watch this heart-wrenching film about forbidden love between a Tutsi woman and a Hutu man during a time of blind hatred:
Imagine standing next to the man who killed your entire family. Now imagine whole-heartedly forgiving him and allowing him to coexist. Instead of seeking revenge, many Rwandans have opened their arms and hearts to those who violently altered their lives. After the genocide, the government created solidarity camps where prisoners were sent before being reintegrated into society. The film depicts these camps and the painful process of remembering the past.
These camps are a process of re-education and are key in the peace process, propelling Rwanda towards a brighter future. The Rwandan people have truly shown the world the power of forgiveness.
"It’s about giving every kid a time during the day to shine."
Lacrosse may still harbor some lingering stereotypes as the go-to sport for prep-school jocks, but many coaches and players across the country are actively changing that perception. Directed by the acclaimed director of Blackfish Gabriela Cowperthwaite, City LAX focuses on a youth lacrosse program in Denver’s inner city. Struggling against the inequalities facing urban communities, these kids discover a new side of themselves, lacrosse stick in hand.
It’s like one of Disney’s inspirational sports movies, but real life.
What do Justin Bieber, Phil Spector, and Pablo Escobar all have in common? Well, probably a lot more than we’d really care to imagine, but they’ve all seen their fair share of trouble with Johnny Law. With March Madness in full swing, we’re celebrating the bracketing spirit with a collection highlighting some of the most infamous cases of the past century. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting famous mugshots—literally head to head— in a clash of the convicted. Who’s got the most guilt-ridden smirk? You decide. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s MUGSHOT MADNESS. Watch it all go down: