Genocide & Forgiveness

Genocide, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation:  

What has Rwanda to do with Harrisonburg?


December 11, 2011 at the Court Square Theater


How do we forgive the people who hurt us? Could you forgive the person who murdered your family? We will watch and discuss the student Academy Award-winning documentary As We Forgive which tells the story of two Rwandan women on a journey to reconcile with the neighbors who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide.


Film Screening, Response by Gerrit Wolfaardt, Q&A with Audience


Presenter: In the 1970s, Gerrit Wolfaardt was a white supremicist South African Afrikaner filled who avidly supported apartheid. Reading Alan Paton's beautiful book, Cry the Beloved Country, initiated a profound journey of change. Eventually, Gerrit left his law practice in South Africa to defend black South Africans. Over the past several years, he has worked in Rawanda with business, church, education, government, and healthcare leaders to implement practical reconciliation initiatives in order to nurture stable and thriving communities.