If you have yet to have a chance to see, As We Forgive, the documentary film which inspired my book As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation from Rwanda tune in tomorrow to your local PBS channel. The film, by my friend and filmmaker Laura Waters Hinson, will air on Wednesday, July 15th coinciding with the last of the 100 days of remembrance, the day which the genocide was brought to an end.
If you have read the book, you will enjoy seeing several of the characters from the book in the film. Rosaria and Saveri, Chantale and John, Joy, Bishop John Rucyahana, Pastor Gahigi, and others. If you happen to see the film first, the book will give you a chance to explore these stories and several similar tales of forgiveness. You'll learn in detail about how these characters survived the genocide and go in depth with the circumstances surrounding their decisions to forgive. The book also provides reflections on issues at the heart of forgiveness and reconciliation as well as discussion questions to facilitate going deeper.
The film will be airing in 25 states in the weeks to come. Meanwhile, the film has been touring across Rwanda with very enthusiastic response. On July 4th, the film premiered at the Amahoro Stadium which holds approximately 3000 people, a few days before there was a special pre-screening for members of the Rwandan government at the Serena Hotel in Kigali. There are plans for the film to be screened in all Rwanda's 30 districts in schools, prisons, churches, and villages followed by a complete discussion.
In other news, if you have read my book, you'll be excited to learn that the characters Phanuel and Prisca, both survivors of the Nyange school shooting married each other last week. When I intertwined their stories in the book, I had no idea that their lives would be intertwined in marriage. Congratulations to them both! Look for pictures in the weeks to come.