Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm Central Time | GMT -6:00
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Where to watch: Amazon, Apple TV, Vudu. YouTube
** Please watch the film on your own, before the event, and join us for the discussion. We will not show the movie at the event.
Description: In 1994 a hotel manager in Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, saved the lives of his family and more than 1,200 Tutsi and Hutu refugees by providing them with shelter in the Hotel des Mille Collines, while the country experienced one of its darkest days with civil war erupting and more than one million people dying in the genocide.
Paul and his family moved to Belgium. In August 2020 Paul was lured and kidnapped from his home in San Antonio Texas, through Dubai and then on to Rwanda, where he was imprisoned, tortured, and held in solitary confinement for over 250 days, without access to his lawyers. He faced a trial, which according to Amnesty International “was marred by numerous violations of his fair trial”, and on September 20, 2021 was sentenced to 25 years on terrorist charges.
Guest Speakers: Carine Kanimba and Prof. Brian Endless, PhD
When Carine Kanimba is not fighting for the freedom and justice of her father Paul Rusesabagina, she works in Finance to pursue knowledge and opportunity in the name of giving it back to the most vulnerable populations in the world in the sector of impact investing. Her dedication to international development is personal, having fled Rwanda as a child during the horrific genocide and multiple assassinations attempts on her family. Carine is a graduate of Northwestern University and went on to receive a Masters in Law and Economics from Aix-Marseille University, Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands, and University of Bologna. Carine is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Kinyarwanda, a demonstration of her appetite for connecting with people across the globe.
Professor Brian Endless, PhD, is the Director of African Studies and the African Diaspora at Loyola University Chicago, where he also serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science. He is also President of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation (HRRF), working on post-conflict truth, reconciliation and peace issues in the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda and the Great Lakes region of Africa. He founded and serves as the President of the Board of American Model
United Nations (AMUN) International in Chicago.
Watch Carine Kanimba on TEDx Talks in Portland here: https://youtu.be/uZaDrPdcXSw