Written by Gabrielle Little
Willimantic, Conn. - Award-winning documentary filmmaker Patrick Mureithi, a native of Kenya, will speak at Eastern's University Hour Series from 3 to 4 p. m. on Oct. 26 in the Student Center Theatre. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Mureithi's presentation, "ICYIZERE: HOPE," documents the experiences of victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The documentary shows how they are taught about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as they undergo a series of exercises to help build trust with their perpetrators. Mureithi's documentary also explores how the media was used to incite fear, hatred and ultimately genocide.
The film has been shown in Kenya, Uganda and in churches, colleges and high schools in the United States, where Mureithi currently resides and works as artist-in-residence at Drury University in Springfield, MO. Mureithi's presentation is co-sponsored by the Intercultural Center and Women's Center and is supported by the University's Africa Club and the International Student Association.