The Notebooks of Memory

April 14, 2009 // 12:00pm2:00pm

The Africa Program, as part of Genocide prevention month screened the documentary, The Notebooks of Memory, the final chapter in a trilogy about the Rwandan Gacaca process. The reconciliation process unique to Rwanda, Gacaca was established in the aftermath of the genocide, and has had an incredible impact on both survivors and perpetrators of the genocide. Filmmaker Anne Aghion chronicles the Gacaca trials and process, touching on issues endemic to any society faced with the aftermath of violent conflict, creating an eloquent articulation of this universal story of reconstruction, resolution and recovery.

Anne Aghion's latest film, My Neighbor, My Killer, was screened at Cannes to acclaimed review, and was also a part of the Silverdocs Film Festival in Silver Spring, MD, in June. The film was featured in a New York Times article on the subject of how the Rwandan Genocide has been documented, filmed, portrayed and understood by the international community.

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