When we began making "The Uncondemned," we had one date in mind: June 17, 2015.
That would be the anniversary of when Pierre Prosper and Sara Darehshori amended the indictment against Jean-Paul Akayesu to include the first-ever charges of rape as a crime of war. We also had one audience in mind to be the very first to see the film: the amazing first witnesses themselves.
So it is with tremendous excitement that we write this invitation to come with us for what will surely be a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Filmmakers Michele Mitchell and Nick Louvel will be there, of course, along with other team members who helped make this movie happen. But the real stars will be Witnesses JJ, NN and OO, and the remarkable social worker Godelieve Mukasarasi.
We have put together a comprehensive five-day excursion to Rwanda. From June 15-19, you will visit historical and commemorative sites; join in morning coffee and evening cocktail discussions and lectures with experts, scholars and survivors; experience tasting-menu dining and local cuisine; participate in cultural activities celebrating the art, food and people of Rwanda; and an optional trek to visit the world-famous mountain gorillas.
The main event, a filmmaker's screening of "The Uncondemned" on June 17th, will include an exclusive pre-screening VIP reception with the ladies and their chosen guests.
All in all, it should be an incredible and unique experience, and we hope that we can share it with you.