Tags / Reconciliation
Is reconciliation possible in a land where genocide took place scarcely more than a generation ago?
A Place for Everyone explores the human geography of a Rwandan village two decades after the genocide against the Tutsi. Survivors and killers still live next to one another, while a new generation of young Rwandans has grown up in a society that is still meandering through a fragile reconciliation process. Filmed over four years, the film paints the portraits of Tharcisse and Benoitte, two young Rwandans in their quest for a sanctuary between love and hate, revenge and forgiveness.
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A thoughtful, honest and probing interview with a South African Jewish veteran of the IDF whose mother's family perished in the Holocaust and who served as a tank-driver in the West Bank in the 1970s but quickly came to oppose taking part in military operations in an occupied territory, as he puts it. In the video, he discusses the prospects for peace (one-state solution), the opportunities Israel has to become a leading player in the Middle East outside of the military sphere, and even what Israel could learn from South Africa in terms of reconciliation across racial and other lines.
After its war, Guatemala had two Truth Commissions, one driven by the UN and the other by the Church. Both reports agree that the State is responsible for the majority of crimes committed during the conflict. They further point out that the State committed acts of genocide against the Mayan population. There were over 600 massacres like the one occurred on the community of Plan de Sánchez, that each year commemorates the crime. Even today, after 16 years, Guatemala fights a permanent battle both against oblivion and for justice. Institutions such as the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive, the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action or the Forensic Anthropology Foundation work -without the support of the State-, to repair victims still seeking a clue, those responsible for the disappearance of a family member or justice.
The long way towards peace starts just after the signature of the peace agreements, when the complex and difficult process of building peace, memory, truth, reconciliation and justice for all the victims begins. The documentaries of the ‘After Peace' project seek to analyze and explain different ways taken by various countries who suffered an armed conflict in the last quarter of the 20th century. Researchers, activists for peace and reconciliation, victims, lawyers and educators expose what has been done and what has been ignored in their countries and talk about their experiences.
The Dayton Peace Accords divided Bosnia Herzegovina into two entities. The deal left a "very complicated system, as it was created in order to protect the fragile ethnic balance at all levels," says Srecko Latal, an analyst of the International Crisis Group. Moreover, the consequences of Dayton are still tangible in society. The education system segregates students by their ethnic, thousands of people live in camps while others search for their missing relatives. Nowadays, forgiveness is still far but part of civil society believes in reconciliation and work to achieve it and for the reparation of the victims.