Announcing the World Premiere of See You Yesterday in Rwanda

Global Arts Corps is honored to announce that we have been invited to present the World Premiere of See You Yesterday at the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali on July 17th, 2016.

The Festival will bring together companies from 18 different countries around the world–including Syria, Kosovo, Sudan, Iraq, and the North of Ireland (among others)–for 4 days of performances and dialogue on the grounds of the Kigali Genocide Memorial, all dedicated to fostering reconciliation. This year, the participating companies will also include 2 of our cast members from previous productions: Global Arts Corps Associate Artists Thembi Mtshali-Jones (from South Africa) and Vincent Higgins (from the North of Ireland).

Immediately after the festival premiere, the cast of See You Yesterday will travel to the Kigeme refugee camp in Rwanda, where they will play for audiences of over 8,000 Congolese refugees at each performance who have sought shelter from the long and devastating war in their home country. Between the Congolese threatened by decades of violence and its repercussions across generations; Rwandans remembering the 21st anniversary of their own genocide; and these young Cambodian performers who have used their physical skills to build a production from memories handed down to them by their parents and grandparents of a genocidal regime–we have an opportunity on this tour to achieve an amazing milestone in cross-border communication and to share the incredible joy that these Cambodian artists bring in this new work. 

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For more information, click the image below to download our press kit.

Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information as we prepare for the World Premiere and Rwandan tour of See You Yesterday.

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Global Arts Corps would like to thank the

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who have generously supported See You Yesterday throughout the production’s development and whose long-standing committment to this project have made this Rwandan tour possible. 

More Screenings on the Horizon and a Note from South Africa

Upcoming U.S. Screenings of A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake and Recent Screening at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre

Dear friends,

At the end of September we will screen A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake in Dallas in association with Dallas Faces Race, the Embrey SMU Human Rights Program, the Trans.Lation project, and SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Following the Dallas screening, the film will be part of the Global Peace Film Festival in Florida at the beginning of October. Please find specific screening information below.

Dallas Screening

Wednesday, September 30th, 7:30pm
Angelika Film Center, Mockingbird Station
5321 E. Mockingbird Lane (Dallas, Texas 75206)
More information about this screening can be found here.

Global Peace Film Festival Screenings

Screening 1 – Thursday, October 1st, 8pm
Sun Trust Auditorium @ Rollins College, Winter Park FL
E. Fairbanks Ave. and S. Interlachen Ae. (Winter Park, Florida 32789)

Screening 2 – Friday, October 2nd, 5:30pm
Premiere Cinemas 1
3201 E. Colonial Dr. (Orlando, Florida 32803)
Tickets for both screenings can be purchased here.

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Dr. Boraine speaks on the panel following GAC film screening at the Holocaust Center in Cape Town (photo credit: Vincent Raffray)

As many of you know, our first feature documentary, A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake, has been screened in classrooms and theaters across the globe since its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival last summer. The film has been met with critical acclaim and racked up various awards including two honorable mentions at the Woodstock Film Festival as well as the Fund for Santa Barbara’s Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Most recently, we screened the film back in South Africa at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. It was by all accounts a moving evening made even more special by our panelists who spoke directly following the film–Dr. Alex Boraine, the co-chair of the South African Truth Commission along with Desmond Tutu; former TRC commissioner Mary Burton; and GAC members Yvette Hardie and Nick Boraine.

Thank you to everyone who attended the Cape Town screening, and, as always, thank you to all of you for your continued support.

Warmly,

Global Arts Corps

‘A Snake’ Returns to South Africa

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Summer News

Dear friends,

We are very pleased to announce that ‘A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake’ will be returning to South Africa for a screening in Cape Town hosted by the Cape Town Holocaust Centre in partnership with the Institute for Justice & Reconciliation. The screening is free of charge.

Seating is limited so if you are interested please RSVP to: admin@holocaust.org.za or call 021 462 5553

Screening Information:

Wednesday, August 12 @ 6:00 pm
Cape Town Holocaust Centre 
88 Hatfield Street, Gardens

* The film runs 96 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion

Stay tuned for more summer updates soon. As always, thank you for your support.

Warmly,
Global Arts Corps

New Yorkers You’re Invited…

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A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake in New York City

Dear friends, 

Global Arts Corps will be having an afternoon screening of A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake in New York next week at The Paley Center for Media. The screening is free of charge.

Seating is limited so if you are interested please RSVP as soon as possible to Rebecca Paller at: rpaller@paleycenter.org or 212-621-6886. 

Screening Information:

    Friday, June 12 at 12:30 pm 
    The Paley Center for Media, Mark Goodson Theater
    25 West 52nd Street, New York, NY

* The film runs 96 minutes and will be followed by an informal Q&A with director Michael Lessac.

Warmly,
Global Arts Corps 

Two More Film Screenings in March

GAC managing director Sarah Case at the talkback following A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake's Massachusetts premiere at the Salem Film Fest

GAC managing director Sarah Case at the talkback following A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake’s Massachusetts premiere at the Salem Film Fest

We are looking forward to screening A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake two more times in the month of March.

On Tuesday, March 24, we are headed up to Bard College in the Hudson Valley for a screening and talkback. More information can be found here.

For those of you in the Atlanta area, we will have the Southeastern Premiere of the film at the Atlanta Film Festival on March 27. The details are as follows:

Atlanta Film Festival
Southeastern Premiere – A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake
Friday, March 27th – 7:15 pm
The Plaza Theatre, Upstairs Theatre
Tickets can be purchased here
Please visit the festival’s website for additional information.

In other news, please take a moment to check out A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake‘s new website.

As always, thank you for your continued support.

Global Arts Corps

Reigniting Reconciliation Dialogue in Durban

Global Arts Corps is just coming off an exhilarating week in Durban, South Africa, where our documentary film, A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake, had its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival. We were honored by CNN’s selection as one of the “9 Must See” films at the festival and our nomination by local South African students as one of the top “5 African Films” at DIFF. This year’s festival marked the milestone of twenty years of Nelson Mandela’s presidency and the dawn of democracy in South Africa.

Following the two screenings of A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake, we received an outpouring of support as well as overwhelmingly positive responses to the film. In addition to the two festival screenings, we held a post-film Q&A and an informal discussion, ‘Unmasking Reconciliation‘ facilitated by Mary Papayya (media leader / Secretary-General of SA National Editors Forum) and joined by distinguished panel participants – Dr. Alex Boraine (Vice Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission), Max Du Preez (writer, journalist, filmmaker), Vasu Gounden (founder and executive director of ACCORD), Thembi Mtshali-Jones (stage, television, film actress), Ela Gandhi (Gandhi Development Trust/Archivist) and Albie Sachs (activist/former judge on the constitutional court of South Africa).

It was invigorating to see a conversation around reconciliation reignited in the events after the film screenings. As Dr. Alex Boraine put it in our ‘Unmasking Reconciliation’ discussion,

“It’s very difficult to take a public stance for reconciliation when we have so many reminders of corruption in our country today… [reconciliation] is part of justice and if it is not part of justice then frankly it’s not truly reconciliation.”

Estelle Sinkins, a South African critic, echoed similar sentiments in her review of the film,

“Watching A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake, I was struck anew by just how remarkable the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings were. […] A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake is an extraordinary film, which left a deep impression on me. It deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.”

We are very grateful for the warm reception of the film in South Africa, and we look forward to more screenings in cities, festivals, community centers, and schools around the globe.

To read more articles published about the premiere of the film, please visit the press page of the film website.

Premiere at Durban International Film Festival!

Dear Friends,

The world premiere of the Global Arts Corps documentary film on the Truth in Translation project–A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake–will take place this coming Sunday at the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. This year’s festival will honor the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s election to the South African presidency. For those of you who can attend, the two screening dates and locations are listed below. Please feel free to share this information with anyone else who may be interested.

Durban International Film Festival Screenings:

  • July 20, 2014 at 5:15 pm * – Suncoast Cinema
  • July 25, 2014 at 8:15 pm – Suncoast Cinema 

 For more information on the venue, please visit the festival website, here.

* Directly following the July 20th screening,Deputy Chairperson of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission Alex Boraine, and award winning political commentator and author Max du Preez will facilitate a question and answer session with the audience. They will be joined by Truth in Translation cast members Thembi Mtshali-JonesNick Boraine, and Fana Mokoena, as well as Yvette Hardie, South African producer ofTruth in Translation and Consulting Producer of A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake.

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Unmasking Reconciliation: 20 Years On….Moving Beyond the Cliché

In addition, audience members are warmly invited to attend an informal morning discussion on July 21st, at 10:30am in the Tugela Room of the Maharani Hotel to unpack the notion of reconciliation within the context of the milestone of 20 years of democracy and to reflect on the aftermath of the TRC within a new generation of nation-builders. The discussion will be facilitated by Mary Papayya – Media Leader / Secretary-General of SA National Editors Forum. Discussion participants will include: Dr Alex Boraine – Vice Chair, Truth & Reconciliation Commission / Writer / Commentator; Max Du Preez – Commentator / Columnist / Award-winning Writer / Film-maker; Vasu Gounden – Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD; Thembi Mtshali-Jones – Distinguished stage, television and film Actress; Ela Gandhi – Gandhi Development Trust / Activist; and Albie Sachs, Activist / Former Judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

To RSVP for the discussion, please contact Publicity Matters at by phone at 031 2011 638, or via email atilla@pubmat.co.za.

You may find more information about the film on the film website. Please stay tuned for more newsletter updates and keep abreast of GAC daily happenings on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Thank you all for your continued support.

– Global Arts Corps

Global Arts Corps Partners to Present Workshop at DokuFest in Prizren, Kosovo

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Heartefact Fund and Qendra Multimedia, in collaboration with Global Arts Corps, are pleased to present a 3-day series of workshops, panel discussions, and a film screening on July 13th-15th, for invited local and regional NGO leaders, theatre directors, writers, and actors. The event is being hosted by Dokufest in Prizren, Kosovo.

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