Filmed over the course of three years, ICYIZERE:hope is a documentary about a reconciliation workshop in Rwanda that brings together 10 survivors and 10 perpetrators of the 1994 genocide, with encouraging results.
Through addressing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and conducting a series of group exercises that help to build trust, the workshop brings participants to a place where they realize that:
- they are more similar than different
- they are all, victim and aggressor, suffering from trauma
- the most effective way to overcome their trauma is by making an effort to forgive each other and work toward rebuilding trust within their communities
It is a film about the power of — and need for — forgiveness.
For more information on the reconciliation workshop, visit the African Great Lakes Initiative of the Friends Peace Teams