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.
by Jon Fusco
Last week marked the 30th anniversary of Apple. Does that make you feel old, or what?
Watch MacHeads, by and large the best documentary you’d ever hope to see about the evolution of the Apple brand and the creation of a historical empire.
on opposite sides of the country.
NOLASynchroniCITY film series - featuring the extraordinary culture of New Orleans and Louisiana heritage - kicked off on Sunday, December 2. The first screening was of the late filmmaker Stevenson Palfi’s award-winning 1982 documentary Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together.
In stark contrast to the southern soul of the NOLASynchroniCITY fest, the icy Anchorage International Film Festival also kicked off this weekend. For the next week the 12th annual Anchorage International Film Festival will present more than 100 selections from more than 20 countries. This year’s AIFF started with an opening night gala and the Alaska premiere of Deadfall, the latest from Oscar award-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky.