Screening of “In My Country” on Saturday, December 3

Hi everyone,

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.

Warmly,

Barbara English
Living Ubuntu
http://livingubuntu.org
(949) 891-2005

 

Screening of “In My Country”

Screening of "In My Country"

What does it take to heal deep wounds and get to genuine peace and reconciliation?

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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
4p Potluck
5p Screening and discussion

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
3725 30th St.
San Diego, CA

Cost: 
Free
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
http://livingubuntu.org/events

Any questions? Please contact us at info@livingubuntu.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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Get-together at Barbara’s house (Saturday, June 18th)

Hi everyone,

While we have done several events this year, we didn’t get a chance to talk with many of you the way we wish we could have.  As we head into summer, we have decided to have a casual get-together at Barbara’s house on Saturday, June 18th.  Hopefully this will give us a chance to sit, talk and relate around what it has been like to be a part of this campaign against genocide.

The theme will be Ubuntu.  Desmond Tutu says part of Ubuntu is, “You share what you have”.  In keeping with that, it will be a vegetarian potluck.  We will also be screening the film, In My Country (trailer) based on a journalist’s account of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation hearings after apartheid, which were based on Ubuntu.  Given the name of the organization, we are always looking to keep in touch with the true meaning of the word.

Anyway, here are the details.

Get-together at Barbara’s house
Aliso Viejo, CA
Saturday, June 18th 
5p vegetarian potluck
7p screening of “In My Country”

Note:
In order to not broadcast the address on the internet, please RSVP to info@livingubuntu.org or 949.891.2005 and we will send it to you :)

We would really like a chance to get to know you better and sincerely hope you will join us.

Warmly,

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
ocfordarfur.org | blog | facebook

Holding On To Our Humanity

Photograph by Stop Genocide NowThe NY Times featured a fantastic article in today’s paper discussing the human response to mass suffering.

Nowadays, it seems like everywhere you look, horrible things are happening – from Darfur to the Congo to Zimbabwe to even here in the US. Bombarded by report after report of suffering, humans have a tendency to turn away, to grow numb, to become indifferent.

However, perfectly phrased by Elie Wiesel –

Indifference to the suffering of others is what makes the human being inhuman…The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, the homeless refugees — not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude by offering them a spark of hope is to exile them from human memory…And in denying their humanity, we betray our own.

Yes, it may be easier to turn the channel when a story about Darfur is on TV than to watch millions enduring the unthinkable. But, by doing so, who exactly are you hurting?

Remember the concept of “ubuntu” – the idea that a person is a person through other persons. One does not live in isolation. One is pained when another is pained. One is joyous when another feels joy.

So, make the choice not to turn the channel…make the choice to hold on to your humanity.

To learn more about the report on Darfuri women mentioned by the NY Times columnist, click here.

Desmond Tutu talks Darfur (and forgiveness) with Craig Ferguson

Nobel prize winner, Desmond Tutu had a long chat about Darfur, human rights and forgiveness on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. (March 4 2009)

Part 1

Watch parts 2 and 3