Meeting the courageous women of Rwanda who testified at the trial featured in THE UNCONDEMNED

THE UNCONDEMNED, a film by Michele Mitchell and Nick Louvel

I had the pleasure of participating in the international launch of the feature documentary “The Uncondemned,” a film by my friend and colleague Michele Mitchell, and Nick Louvel. In New York, I met witnesses JJ, NN, and OO, who are rape survivors and who testified at the ICTR in 1997 in the landmark case Prosper v. Akayesu. This was the first case to try an individual for genocide, including acts of rape and sexual violence.

In basic Kinyarwanda and lengthy French, I got to know these wonderful women, Serafina, Victoire, Cecile, and Godelieve, founder of SEVOTA, an organization dedicated to supporting widows and survivors of rape after the genocide. These women traveled from their small town of Taba, Rwanda, to New York City, for the film launch.

On Wednesday, October 19, we joined over 700 people in screening the film at the United Nations, with remarks by Mr. Adama Dieng, Mrs. Zainab Hawa Bangura of the United Nations, Amb. Pierre Prosper, Michele Mitchell, Godelieve, and others.

On Sunday October 23, I had the privilege of moderating a panel with these phenomenal women and the film director Michele, at Eileen Fisher in SoHo. Eileen Fisher is a corporate sponsor of the film.

Please enjoy the photos below, and go see the film! Click here for screenings!

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