Film Series

There is no more powerful form of remembrance than the images that film media can provide.  Such images can stay with us a lifetime.  To that end, we have selected 4 films that illustrate the history of a particular genocide.  All screenings take place in the Media Lounge of the WVC Campus Center.

Monday, April 9 at 12:30 PM

hotel_rwanda_movie_poster.jpg (16428 bytes) Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Based on the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a manager at the Diplomat Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, who sheltered more than 1,000 people, mostly Tutsis, during the 1994 genocide.   Today, Rusesabagina lives in San Antonio, Texas where he advocates for human rights internationally through his Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation(IMDb page

 

Tuesday, April 10 at 12:30 PM

Older_Than_America_movie_poster.jpg (31142 bytes) Older than America (2008)

What are the effects of cultural genocide?  In this suspense drama, the brutality of the American Indian boarding school experience is examined in its role towards abolishing the culture of a people and the loss of identity that resulted. (IMDb page)

 

Wednesday, April 11 at 12:30 PM

The_promis_movie_poster.jpg (141590 bytes) The Promise (2016)

This American historical drama set in the final years of the Ottoman Empire deals with the Armenian genocide during World War I.  The film ignited an enormous controversy through IMDb.com when over 57,000 users gave it a one start review before the film had even been officially released.  Commentators concluded that this was an orchestrated campaign by Armenian genocide deniers to discredit the film.  (IMDb page)

 

Thursday April 12 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

shoa_movie_poster.jpg (131072 bytes) Shoah (1985)

Claude Lanzmann's epic 9 1/2 hour masterpiece remains the all-time classic documentary of the Holocaust.  There are no scenes of mass graves, dead bodies, or ovens circa 1945.  Instead this French film maker uses interviews of survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators to honor and remember the victims from the Shoah.  (IMDb page)

 

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