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Thank you for your interest in hosting a Wounded Healers screening party! We believe this film has a powerful message that speaks for itself, but to help you host an exciting screening we have provided this simple packet to guide your planning. Rwanda Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the poor through ethnic reconciliation, education and job creation. Wounded Healers is one of Rwanda Partnersâ€™ recent films produced in 2009. The Emmy-nominated film tells the story of ethnic reconciliation after the genocide in Rwanda. We are thrilled you want to share this story of hope with others and help us continue the work in Rwanda. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or need anything - we are here to support you however we can. Thank you for your partnership in helping us change lives! Sincerely,
Greg Stone Executive Director
What do I need to do to share this film? Just follow these four steps, we’ll provide more details in the coming pages: 1. Contact Rwanda Partners for a hosting packet (if you haven’t already!) 2. Pick a place, date and time. Then invite your friends. 3. Show the film! 4. Encourage your friends to get involved.
Do I have to do this by myself? No, Rwanda Partners is here to partner closely with you every step of the way.
Does it cost me anything? Nope! Although you might want to have some munchies on hand for your friends… or you can make it a potluck! If you plan on hosting a screening party at a large venue such as a church, lecture hall or community center, get creative in your hospitality. We’ll take care of the cost of sending you a screening package including a free copy of Wounded Healers.
hosting a screening party Step 1
Contact Rwanda Partners for a hosting packet. Take a look at our website (www.rwandapartners.org) and either send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (206) 588-8029 to share your interest. We can brainstorm how to share the film in your context and get your film screening package in the mail right away. We’re here to answer questions and help however we can. The Film Screening Package includes: • • • • •
Wounded Healers DVD (39 minutes) Film Posters/ Fliers Discussion guides Resource list DVD-ROM containing film posters, fliers, discussion guide and more
hosting a screening party step 2 Pick a place, date and time. Then invite your friends. PLACE: What venue offers the most convenience for your attendees and where can you gather the most interest? A home party is great it’s a casual setting where people can come over for food, drink and catching up. Office lunchrooms, schools, churches and community centers also make great venues and provide opportunities to share the story of reconciliation with a diverse audience. DATE & TIME: Pick a date that will work best for your guests. Will your target audience have more time after work/school, or on the weekend? We trust your judgment! INVITE: Create an invitation with your event details. If you’re hosting a public community event, you may want to publicize more widely through local newspapers, posters, or online invitations. Online invitations are an efficient and inexpensive way to invite your guests. Go to www.evite.com or create an event on www.facebook.com. You may want to theme your film screening party as a “pizza party”, “outdoor movie”, “red carpet event” or a simple “movie night.” A sample invitation message could look like this: “You’re invited to watch ‘Wounded Healers’, a documentary made by Rwanda Partners about the power of forgiveness. The film tells the stories of five people (both perpetrators and survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide), their reconciliation with each other and how they are now sharing their story to heal their nation.” You may want to add these links to your event page: • www.woundedhealersmovie.com • www.rwandapartner.org Please let us know when and where your event will be and whether you’d like us to share this information via our social media channels to help spread the word. If its a private viewing we won’t publicize it.
hosting a screening party step 3
Watch the film! SET THE STAGE: Make sure there is adequate seating for your guests and the lighting allows for good visibility of the TV or projector. INTRODUCE & EXPLAIN THE FILM: Explain a little bit about the context of this film and why you are sharing it. See Appendices 1. SHOW THE FILM: Put the DVD in your DVD player and press play. As easy as that! AFTER THE FILM, CAST THE VISION: In the viewing package we have provided you with a discussion guide that includes questions to ask, as well as resources for further reading. If you want more information about the current situation in Rwanda please see Appendices 3. PROVIDE SPACE FOR CONVERSATION: For many viewers, this may be the first time they have heard about the reality of post-genocide Rwanda. After watching the film, viewers may feel overwhelmed by the story. Allow time and space for the viewers to reflect. You may want to encourage them to articulate what they are thinking through questions, art or writing. Invite conversation to happen. We have provided you with a Discussion Guide with ideas of questions to ask. Please let us know if there is anything else you need. Get creative here, this is where you have the freedom to really make an impact.
hosting a screening party Step 4
Encourage your friends to get involved. One of the best way ways to support Rwanda Partners is to share this story with your friends and have them do the same. Here are six opportunities for them to get involved: 1. Host a film screening as well. 2. Host a basket party. The Rwanda Partners Basket Company serves impoverished women and their families in Rwanda. It’s as simple as having a party at your home, work, community centre or church. Every basket purchase helps to empower rural women to rise above poverty through a fair trade wage, life skills training and access to the global market. Find out more here: http://rwandapartners.tumblr.com/basketparty 3. Volunteer your time, talent or treasure. We always need people willing to lend a hand in whatever way possible. If someone at your party wants to explore the possibility of partnering with us, have them give us a call, we’d love to talk to them. 4. Catch up with us online. The web is a great place to stay up-to-date on our work in Rwanda and how people can get involved. We can be found on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. All links are on our website. 5. Go see Rwanda for yourself! We take a few teams annually to visit our programs and meet the people we serve. Fundraising ideas and support is supplied to committed team members. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t regret and will change the way you live your life forever. Shoot us an email at email@example.com if you’re interested. 6. Donate directly to a program or project online and make an impact in the lives of the poor today! You will find different opportunities to donate to a project at www.rwandapartners.org/donate. Being a non-profit we are committed to being as lean as possible and will send your designated funds directly to the specific project. Our work creates lasting change in the lives of the poor and marginalized in Rwanda. Join us.
Introduction to the Film The documentary film Wounded Healers is a Rwanda Partners production which tells of stories of two perpetrators and three survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. This film was released in December 2009 by Mark Stendal and Rwanda Partners. It was nominated for an Emmy in the Best Historical/Cultural Documentary category and was recognized as an official selection of the Heartland Film Festival and the Grand Rapids Film Festival. The film chronicles the extraordinary personal stories of five Rwandans and their postgenocide journey through the stages of extreme hurt, hate, and healing. The central characters of the film are faced with the dilemma of what to do when the genocide killers of their families are released from prison and move back into their neighborhood. Tense face-to-face meetings between survivors and killers eventually lay the foundation for forgiveness and a new future. In the process, viewers come to understand that forgiveness—however improbable—is truly possible. “I am absolutely honored to be a part of the making of Wounded Healers. In this film we saw the remarkable capacity of the Rwandan people to forgive Pascal (one of the main characters in the film) not only forgave the neighbor who hunted down and killed his 8-month pregnant wife – but when he remarried, the killer was one of the first to be invited to the wedding ceremony. I am completely humbled and challenged by the Rwandans’ capacity for forgiveness. I hope that this film will challenge many in our world to be courageous enough to forgive and be forgiven.”
- Mark Stendal, Director
About Rwanda Partners Rwanda Partners is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the poor through ethnic reconciliation, education and job creation. Rwanda Partnersâ€™ six years of service has helped to shape our current focus of where our resources (people, financial and training) can most effectively be used in Rwanda to bring about transformed lives. While Rwanda has made improvements in the living conditions of its people in the 16 years since the genocide, extreme poverty continues to plague Rwandaâ€™s rural citizens. Thus Rwanda Partners has focused our organizational objectives in the following three areas: 1. Education for vulnerable youth (street children and orphan-headed households) 2. Job creation and job training for widows, orphans and rural families 3. Reconciliation and personal development for ethnically-divided genocide perpetrators and survivors
Appendices three Resources for Further Learning Books: • A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man who Dreamed It, By Stephen Kinzer, 2008 • We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We will be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, By Philip Gourevitch, 1998 • Left to Tell: Discovering God in the Midst of the Rwandan Holocaust, By Immaculee Ilibagiza, 2006 • Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, By Philip Gourevitch, 1998 • The Fate of Africa/ From the Hopes of Freedom to the Heart of Despair: A History of 50 Years of Independence, byMartin Meredith, 2005 • A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, By Samantha Power, 2002 Websites: • Rwanda Partners: www.rwandapartners.org • Wounded Healers: www.woundedhealersmovie.com • The Triumph of Evil: How the West Ignored Warnings of the 1994 genocide and turned its back on the victims: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/evil/ • The New Times: Rwanda’s First Daily Newspaper: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/ • The Official Website of the Government of Rwanda: http://www.gov.rw/ • National Unity and Reconciliation Commission: http://www.nurc.gov.rw/