KEF THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS Presents
Charles, a discredited New York Times journalist, arrives in Rwanda for an exclusive interview with two Hutu nuns. Charged with alleged war crimes committed during the 1994 genocide, the nuns must convince the world of their innocence or face a lifetime in prison. When an unknown Tutsi survivor contradicts their story, Charles must choose which version of the truth to tell.
Based on real events, Sense of an Ending shines a light on questions of guilt, complicity and faith in the face of extreme violence.
Shaping the Narrative: Documenting Human Rights Violations and Recovery
Thursday, August 27, following the performance
With ROB FRUCHTMAN and SUSIE LINFIELD
Rob Fruchtman is an award-winning director, producer and editor of documentaries and television programs. He won the Documentary Director award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival for his feature film, Sister Helen, which aired on HBO. He has won three Emmys for his work with PBS. His film, Trust Me, a documentary produced for SHOWTIME, follows Christian, Jewish and Islamic boys at an interfaith camp in North Carolina. Fruchtman directed and produced Seeing Proof in 2007, a film about Cambodia's brutal Khmer Rouge regime and its lingering effect on Cambodia's society, for George Soros' Open Society Institute. His documentaries have explored the arts, history, world cultures and social justice issues and have aired in festivals and on television around the world.
Susie Linfield is the author of "The Cruel Radiance: Photography and Political Violence," which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and has been translated into several languages. She writes about culture and politics for a variety of publications, including "The Nation," the "New York Times," "Dissent," "Aperture," and the "Boston Review." Linfield is an associate professor at New York University, where she teaches cultural journalism.
Moving Forward: Rwanda and its Citizens, Post-Genocide
Thursday, September 3, following the performance
With JESSE HAWKES and JACQUELINE MUREKATETE
Jesse Hawkes is the Executive Director of Global Youth Connect (GYC), a human rights organization founded in 1999, specializing in short-term, intercultural programs for young leaders in post-violence/post-genocide countries. Jesse began working with GYC as the Rwanda Program Director in 2007, and has organized 15 intercultural programs in Rwanda in collaboration with local Rwandan partners, promoting the human rights of numerous groups such as youth, survivors of genocide, historically marginalized peoples (indigenous peoples), LGBT persons, women, and refugees. Before working with GYC, and having worked on youth and arts projects in Haiti and in South Africa, Jesse co-led an HIV prevention program for over sixty Rwandan high schools and their communities, utilizing interactive theatre methods and outreach activities conducted in collaboration with local associations of people living with HIV. He also participated in various films shot in Rwanda, such as Sometimes in April, Shake Hands with the Devil, and Beyond the Gates. Jesse re-located to NYC in 2010, where he built Global Youth Connect's Human Rights in the USA Program, collaborated with Global Kids on USAID's American Youth Leadership Program in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and serves as editor of GYC's blog (gycvillage.org). Jesse has consulted with international NGOs such as the Global AIDS Alliance and Population Services International and is a member of Actors' Equity, having performed with companies such as the American Repertory Theater and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He holds a BA in History from Harvard University.
Jacqueline Murekatete is an internationally recognized genocide survivor and human rights activist. Born in Rwanda, Jacqueline was nine years old when she lost her parents, all six siblings and most of her extended family to the 1994 genocide.
Jacqueline was inspired to share her story of survival and hope for the first time in 2001 after listening to the story of the late Holocaust survivor David Gewirtzman, who became a dear friend and mentor. Since then, Jacqueline has delivered hundreds of genocide-prevention and human rights presentations at schools, NGO events and faith-based communities across the U.S and in Germany, Israel, Ireland, Bosnia, and Belgium. She has also addressed the UN General Assembly and regularly participates in high-level human rights conferences.
Jacqueline's work and story has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Jerusalem Post, Al Jazeera America, UN Africa Renewal Magazine, Newsday, Fast Company, People, Teen Vogue, NPR, Voice of America, CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC, MTV, and other media outlets worldwide.
For her work, Jacqueline has received a number of prestigious awards including: the Kay Family Award from the Anti-defamation League, the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from Friends of the United Nations; the Moral Courage Award from the American Jewish Committee, the Imbuto Foundation's Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers Award from the First Lady of Rwanda, the Do Something Award from Do Something and the Ellis Island Medals of honor award from the National Ethnic Coalition, which put her name in the U.S Congressional record.
Jacqueline is the founder and president of Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF), a New York based not-for-profit organization, which educates people about the crime of genocide and raises support to serve and support survivors through comprehensive and holistic programs and services.
Jacqueline has a B.A. in Politics from New York University and a J.D from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.