1) To run a half day film-writing/filmmaking workshop for a) university students b) Cambodian children in Siem Reap, Cambodia
2) ) To create a 5-minute documentary with local filmmakers or university students commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A leading human rights website, HRAC, has committed to play the short film to a wide audience across North America. This would be excellent exposure for local filmmakers and university students interested in media and film.
Number 2 and 3 would be combined.
My film is called, "The Barber of Kigali". Inspired by extraordinary true events, "The Barber of Kigali" is a dramatic short film about Patrick, a Rwandan barber living in Toronto, who must decide whether to kill or not to kill his next client, the dreaded Colonel who murdered his father in the Rwandan genocide.
The film is inspired by the true story of Patrick Sharangabo, a 25 year old Rwandan man now living in Toronto who is the receipient of the New Pioneers Award presented by the University of Toronto for community activism.
I made this film as an educational tool to promote discussion with my students about issues related to genocide, the human rights of children and the moral responsibility of nations to stop genocide. The film has played in 7 film festivals around the world including the Boston International Film Festival.
It plays at the Cambofilm Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia on December 27th, 2008.
I received a cultural grant from the Canadian Government and from Human Rights Action Centre, a Washington, D.C. organization founded by Jack Healey, the former Director of Amnesty International which has provided me the opportunity to attend the festival.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and meeting with you in Siem Reap.