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movie poster featuring graveyardFilm screening "A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake"

A film by Michael Lessac and the Global Arts Corps

Thursday, 17 November 2016
6:45 - 9:00 p.m.
Conference Room 4
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Watch the video recording of the event (including the film trailer) on UN Web TV.

A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake follows a group of diverse South African actors as they tour the war-torn regions of Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia. During their travels, the protagonists meet local communities and try to share with them their own country’s experience with post-conflict reconciliation. As they ignite this dialogue full of raw memories of atrocity and pain, the actors find they must once again confront their homeland’s violent past, and question their own capacity for healing and forgiveness. It also features never-before-heard original music by jazz legend Hugh Masekela.

Post-screening discussion with:

Moderated by Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division, UN Department of Public Information.

The Uncondemned screen shotPremiere of "The Uncondemned"

A film by Michele Mitchell and Nick Louvel

Wednesday, 19 October 2016
6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Programme PDF document

Watch the video recording of the event (including the film trailer) on UN Web TV.

THE UNCONDEMNED -- a Michele Mitchell/Nick Louvel film (2016) -- is a documentary about a group of young lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an act of genocide before an international court, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. This is the story of their relentless fight for that landmark conviction, revealing for the first time the three Rwandan women who bravely came forward to testify despite the danger.  THE UNCONDEMNED captures the remarkable story of determination, resilience and courage that forever changed the course of international judicial history and gave birth to hope and justice for all victims of genocide and sexual violence in conflict.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with the co-director of the film, the leading trial lawyer in the Akayesu case, two Rwandan genocide survivors featured in the film, the founder of the Free Yezidi Foundation, and a Yezidi survivor of ISIL (Da'esh) atrocities in Iraq.

panel
Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict; Adama Dieng, 
Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide; Jeanne d’Arc Byaje, Chargée d’Affaires of
the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations; and Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Permanent Representative of Iraq to
the United Nations on the pre-screening panel. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider)

film makers and prosecutor
Sara Darehshori, then Co-Counsel for the prosecution, Michele Mitchell, co-director of the film, Pierre-Richard Prosper,
then lead Counsel for the prosecution, and Lisa Pruitt, then Gender Consultant for the International Criminal Tribunal for
Rwanda. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider)

survivors
Survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda with Yezidi survivors of ISIS (Da'esh) atrocities in Iraq. (Photo: Sofia Coelho Candeias)

Rwandan women
Witness JJ, Witness OO and Witness NN, genocide survivors who testified before the International Criminal Tribunal for
Rwanda, with Godeliève Mukasarasi, survivor and founder of SEVOTA, a support group for widows and orphans. (UN Photo/Evan Schneider)

Organized by the Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the United Nations and the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information.

Intore dancers

Film Screening

"Intore" ("The Chosen")

Tuesday, 28 June 2016
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Conference Room 4
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Watch the event and film trailer here

"Intore" offers a powerful and rare look at how Rwanda overcame its tragic past by regaining its identity through music, dance, and the resilience of a new generation. The film features musical and dance performances, interwoven with interviews with genocide survivors and perpetrators, Rwandan leaders, legends, and Hollywood elite. Produced by Rwanda Cinema Center and Park Hill Entertainment, in association with the Kwetu Film Institute and the Rwanda Media Project.

Programme

International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda

Annual Commemoration

Memorial Ceremony

Monday, 11 April 2016
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
General Assembly Hall
United Nations Headquarters, New York

Programme

Candle Lighting

Remarks by:

Music by Pauletta Washington and the Mamazband

Moderated by Ms. Cristina Gallach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information

Organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations

Watch the webcast of the event.

candle lighting

Participants light candles during the annual commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (7 April).

Mogens Lykketoft

Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly’s seventieth session, speaks at the annual commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (7 April)

Ban Ki-moon at podium

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the annual commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (7 April). 

Eugène-Richard Gasana

Eugène-Richard Gasana, Minister of State in Charge of Cooperation and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations, speaks at the annual commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (7 April).

Frida Umuhoza

Frida Umuhoza, survivor and author of "Frida: Chosen to Die, Destined to Live", addresses the annual commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (7 April). 

Nelly Mukazayire

Nelly Mukazayire, Deputy Director of the Cabinet in the Office of the President of Rwanda, addresses the annual commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (7 April).

Malcolm I. Hoenlein

Malcolm I. Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, speaks at the annual commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (7 April).

Cristina Gallach

Cristina Gallach, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, moderates the annual commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda (7 April).


Commemorations around the world

Commemorations organized by UN information centres around the world included events in Bangladesh, the Republic of the Congo, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, and Zambia, among others.

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