December 2, 2011 Leave a comment
Last June, a few of you were at my house for a screening of “In My Country”. This film is based on the true life accounts of journalists covering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-Apartheid South Africa. One reason I have always liked the film is that it does a great job of illustrating what Ubuntu really means.
Among those in attendance that night were, Isaac, Wai and Simon, friends from the Sudanese-American community living in San Diego. Also with us that evening, Awichu, a new friend originally from Uganda. As I looked around the room that night, I realized there were only a couple of us that had been born in the U.S. With life stories based in many different countries, the conversation after the film that night spontaneously took on some of the toughest issues we face in this life:
- What does it take to heal?
- How do we manage to genuinely forgive?
- Is reconciliation always possible?
- How do those themes get applied when entire countries have been torn apart for decades?
After the great experience of exploring “Ubuntu” together, it was Simon that was the first to suggest we screen the film for their community down in San Diego. We are going to do that on Saturday, December 3rd, and we would really like for you to come join us that night. All details are below and on the website.
South Africa 1996. The government has established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate abuses of human rights during the Apartheid regime. These hearings serve as a forum for those accused of murder and torture to be confronted by their victims…
Saturday, December 3
5p Screening and discussion
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
3725 30th St.
San Diego, CA
Join us for an evening of food, conversation and contemplation.
We will have homemade Sudanese food at the potluck. Feel free to bring a dish :)
For more information, visit
Any questions? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 891-2005.
“A beautiful and important film about South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It will engage and influence not only South Africans, but people all over the world concerned with the great questions of human reconciliation, forgiveness, and tolerance.”
– Nelson Mandela
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