Shows: December 18, 2017

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Post genocide: The next generation of Rwandan youth teach lessons of community and opportunity through creative leadership and water kiosks, with Venuste Kubwimana

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For the past year, the basic concept of and regard for human life has been a challenge. From the international community's silence on the Ugandan slave trade in Libya, the thousands extrajudicially killed in Duterte's 'drug war' in the Philippines, to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar- the constant wrangle between reflection and response to such immediate life and death issues and the attempt to rationalize and understand such atrocities, seem to beg the question of what development and progress truly means.

As we find ourselves in a time of simultaneous reflection and rapid response, I spoke to Venuste Kubwimana, a youth activist and social entrepreneur who was one of the only living survivors in his family of the Rwandese genocide in 1994 where an estimated 1 million Rwandans were killed over the course of 100 days. The genocide has been studied at length for the colonial role in exacerbating local conflict and the international community’s failure to respond. Tonight, Mr. Kubwimana discusses the new generation of Rwandan youth and creative leadership of building community through water kiosks, the politics of water, personal reflections on the Rwandan genocide, lessons to be learned, and more.

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Resilience and Resistance in the new year through Shadow Puppetry

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As we near the end of the year based on the solar calendar, some are preparing for lunar new year, thinking about regeneration of a neighborhood, of art, and of cultural traditions.

We sit down with Mei Lum of Wing on Wo & Co and Emily Mock, the W.O.W project’s second artist in residence to talk about the Store Front artist-in-residency program and shadow puppet theater as a way to connect care to transitioning to the new year.

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