Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation presents Rwanda Documentary "Icyizere: hope"

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Kenyan filmmaker Patrick Mureithi will present his new documentary about forgiveness and reconciliation in Rwanda, “Icyizere: hope” at the College on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 from 7-9 p.m. in the Social Room, Fournier Hall. Chestnut Hill College is located at 9601 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. The showing of the documentary is sponsored by the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Chestnut Hill College.

“Icyizere: (pronounced E-Cheez-Eh-Reh) hope” documents the emotional gathering of ten perpetrators and survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda in an effort for reconciliation during a three-day workshop. The victims and perpetrators gathered at the workshop provide a glimpse into how the genocide has impacted their lives, whether regretting their role in the killings or feeling the loss of a loved one or many loved ones. Mureithi’s documentary focuses on the importance of dialogue and forgiveness between the survivors and perpetrators, as each person is taught how to reconcile and move beyond the pain and post-traumatic stress of their memories of the genocide.

Patrick Mureithi was inspired to film “Icyizere: hope” after seeing the film “Ghosts of Rwanda” and learning how close this massacre was to his home in Kenya. After meeting a representative of the African Great Lakes Initiative and learning of the reconciliation workshops, "Healing and Rebuilding Our Community” taking place in Rwanda and the surrounding areas, the filmmaker was given the opportunity to film the workshop. “Icyizere: hope” was presented at the 2008-2009 Rwanda Film Festival, on Rwanda national television, and extensively throughout Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, and the United States.

Mureithi is currently working on a film about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) a form of trauma therapy that is being introduced in Rwanda and used in Cambodia, Israel, Palestine, Bosnia, Sri Lanka and Kenya.

The viewing of the documentary is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Catherine Nerney, SSJ, Ph.D. at 215.248.7099 or e-mail nerneyc@chc.edu.