Meet the courageous women of Rwanda who testified at the trial featured in THE UNCONDEMNED
When: Sunday, October 23, 9–11 am
Where: EILEEN FISHER – Soho Store, 395 W Broadway, New York
What: A salon-style panel discussion moderated by Samantha Lakin, a PhD student at The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University
· Godelieve Mukasarasi, Director of SEVOTA
· Victoire Mukambanda, Witness JJ
· Seraphine Mukakinani, Witness NN
· Cecile Mukarugwiza, Witness OO
· Consolee Nishimwe, Author of ‘Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope’
· Michele Mitchell, Producer/Co-Director, THE UNCONDEMNED
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ABOUT THE UNCONDEMNED: THE UNCONDEMNED is a courtroom drama, turned upside down when three brave women came forward to tell their story. THE UNCONDEMNED is a riveting documentary about an underdog group of lawyers and activists who defied the odds to do what had never been done: prosecute rape as an international war crime. In 1997, the young men and women at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found themselves inexplicably in charge of the first case of genocide in history. Underfunded, understaffed and overwhelmed, they faced incredible hurdles as they pursued their first case against a small town mayor. Crimes of war and against humanity had not been prosecuted since 1946, and surviving witnesses feared for their lives. And then, based on a last minute revelation, the prosecuting team amended the charge to include rape. Three heroic women would overcome their fears and shame to speak for all those who could not. Secret memos, witness assassinations, setbacks and barriers – THE UNCONDEMNED captures the untold, remarkable story that changed the course of international judicial history.
Michele Mitchell is the Co-Director, Producer, Writer and Co-Executive Producer of the feature documentary THE UNCONDEMNED.
Godelieve Mukasarasi, Director of SEVOTA, was born in Gitarama, Muhanga District, Rwanda, where she went on to work as a social worker. Following the 1994 Rwandan genocide, she founded SEVOTA, a support group to help Rwandan widows and orphans further their socio-economic rights. The organization emphasizes the creation of "safe spaces" for survivor dialogues and physical recreation for children.
Witnesses JJ, NN and OO: These ladies dared to come forward and speak the truth about what had happened in Rwanda, despite the threat of witness assassinations. It is their testimonies that are credited with helping to establish rape as a crime of war and as a form of genocide in the international criminal courts.
Samantha Lakin is a PhD student at The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. Lakin was a Fulbright scholar in Switzerland in 2011-2012 and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Fulbright Alumni Association.
Consolee Nisimwe is the author of the groundbreaking memoir Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope (2012). She is the winner of the 2013 ASALH Living Legacy Award, What Better Looks Like Award, and New York City Council Citation Award and has been hailed by the Together for Girls Organization as one of 50 Global Heroes who help stop sexual violence against children.
CORPORATE PARTNER: In support of the documentary’s education about mitigating violence among women, Samantha Taylor, Founder of Reputation Dynamics teamed with EILEEN FISHER to create a social impact partnership for THE UNCONDEMNED, working with Reisa Brafman, Social Consciousness Leader of Community Partnerships & Women’s Initiatives. In conjunction with THE UNCONDEMNED’S World Premiere at the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival, EILEEN FISHER hosted a reception for the filmmakers and cast, along with 70+ people, in their East Hampton store, immediately following the premiere screening, a Q&A coffee discussion with Patricia Sellers, as well as day of shopping fundraiser. EILEEN FISHER also hosted a ‘What’s Next’ panel discussion in their Soho store in conjunction with the Human Rights Film Festival. This partnership underscores the power of cultivation events, informing and empowering local, global communities to support important causes.