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Screening of Documentary "A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake"

A special screening of the award-winning Global Arts Corps documentary film A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake, and conversation with the filmmakers and special guests took place on Thursday, 17 November 2016 at United Nations Headquarters.

Watch the event video HERE.

A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake follows a group of diverse South African actors as they tour the post-conflict regions of Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia. During their travels, the protagonists meet local communities and try to share with them their own country’s experience with post-conflict reconciliation. As they ignite this dialogue full of raw memories of atrocity and pain, the actors find they must once again confront their homeland’s violent past, and question their own capacity for healing and forgiveness. It also features never-before-heard original music by jazz legend Hugh Masekela.

The Panel Discussion was moderated by Maher Nasser, Director of the Outreach Division in the UN Department of Public Information, and featured:

  • Nick Boraine, South African actor known for Homeland, District 9 and Paradise Stop; and Associate Artistic Director of Global Arts Corps.
  • Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Professor and Research Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
  • Michael Lessac, director and producer of A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake; and Artistic Director of Global Arts Corps.
  • Consolee Nishimwe, survivor of the genocide in Rwanda, and author of Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope
  • Renata Segura, Associate Director of the Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum, Social Science Research Council.

Watch the trailer HERE.

This documentary screening was presented by UN Department of Public Information and the Outreach Programme on the Rwanda Genocide.
This programme focuses on learning the lessons of the Rwanda genocide in order to help prevent similar acts in the future, as well as raising awareness of the lasting impact of genocide on the survivors and the challenges that they still face today.

Go to the Programme homepage HERE.