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International Seminar Series Film for Food and Thought

poster for God Sleeps in Rwanda

The International Seminar Series will show two documentaries as part of their Film and Food for Thought film series.

Faculty will introduce award-wining documentaries on Rwanda and Vietnam. The showings, sponsored by the Office of International Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and AsiaConnect, are free and open to the public.

Associate Professor of Politics and Government Noha Shawki will introduce God Sleeps in Rwanda at 11 a.m. today, in the Bone Student Center First Floor West Lounge. The 1994 Rwandan Genocide left the country nearly 70 percent female, handing Rwanda’s women an extraordinary burden and an unprecedented opportunity. The Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated film has been called “heart-wrenching and inspiring,” and “a brutal reminder of the consequences of the Rwandan tragedy, and a tribute to the strength and spirit of those who are moving forth.”

Associate Professor of Music Tuyen Tonnu will introduce Which Way is East: Notebooks from Vietnam at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Bone Student Center First Floor West Lounge The film follows two American sisters, Lynne and Dana Sachs, who journey to Vietnam. Filmed as a travel diary, the Sachs travel north from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, having conversations with Vietnamese strangers and friends. Beginning as a road trip, the film flowers into a political discourse, combining Vietnamese parables, history and memories.

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