20 Years Ago, 800,000 People Were Murdered. Learn From It.

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In 1994, Hutu nationalists killed 800,000 people in the Rwandan genocide. As depressing/scary/horrible as that thought is, let's put that emotion aside for just a second. Rwanda is learning to cope with with moving forward. And thanks to the power of creativity and storytelling, Rwanda is winning.

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There's not a day that passes without me meeting a genocide survivor, often someone who has lost a loved one during the genocide. They went to try and look for my mother. I was told that they killed all of them.

How else can you transcend trauma, the suffering, of the magnitude of our experience? The only thing that can do that: cinema as a mirror. This is where my scar is. So I said let me just create an institution that will be training a pool of young men and women. Come in, learn as fast as you can, and you're going to learn the best skills.

I was jobless working on the streets. I saw an announcement inviting people to learn to make films, and I found my dream of making movies. Action. Film.

That's how Hillywood started. Setting up the screen by itself is a spectacle and creates something magical.

We have thousands of people come and watch the movie.

Young people in a stadium next to a mass grave.

In a span of two years he's the mentor.

This is the power of film.

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Leah Warshawski produced "Finding Hillywood," and she's excited for your interaction. You can have a screening in your home town, ask the director anything you want, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. A big thank you to Carol Levy at the Pilot Light Foundation for continuing to keep this conversation going. You can follow Pilot Light on Facebook or Twitter.

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May 08, 2014

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