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Patrick Mureithi

series: Drexel Interview

air date: 3/07/13 2:00 PM

Kenyan documentary filmmaker Patrick Mureithi is the founder of the production company Josiah Films, and the director, most recently, of the film ICYIZERE: Hope, which explores efforts at reconciliation and healing following the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Few subjects are as heart-rending and as surprising as Mureithi's account of the workshops in which both victims and perpetrators of the genocide come together to share their grief and haunting fears. This episode includes disturbing footage of the aftermath of the genocide as well as interviews with the workshop participants and a facilitator who carefully moderates and gently guides the dialogue. Currently an artist in residence at Drury University in Missouri, Mureithi explains that he first heard of the reconciliation workshops at a Quaker meeting in St. Louis, an event which moved him to make this film. He has screened the film in Kenya to show how political conflict can edge a country toward genocide. "I do believe in the hidden possibility of forgiveness," remarks Mureithi. In this episode, the filmmaker also talks about his more light-hearted film Many Steps, about the collegiate sport of stepping, and the episode also includes footage of that work.

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