RPEC Film Night: ICYIZERE:hope

Icyizere“Icyizere” (pronounced E-Cheez-Eh-Reh) is the Kinywaranda word for “hope.”

Filmed over the course of three years, ICYIZERE:hope is a documentary that shows the healing and reconciliation that took place after the genocide in Rwanda in 1994.

Come to a screening of the film, followed by discussion, on Thursday, August 25, at 7pm, at RPEC (3500 Patterson Avenue; enter on Nansemond).

RSVP here.

The film shows the emotional gathering of 10 perpetrators and survivors of the genocide as they participate in a three-day workshop involving a dialogue about forgiveness and reconciliation.
The workshop brings participants to a place where they realize that:

  • They are more similar than different
  • They are all, victim and aggressor, suffering from trauma
  • The most effective way to overcome their trauma is by making an effort to forgive each other and work toward rebuilding trust within their communities.

Watch the film, discuss, and learn how the Richmond Peace Education Center is using these principles and program techniques to promote trauma healing here in the Richmond region.