Com­mem­o­rat­ing mile­stones in con­flict

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - ART - For more in­for­ma­tion go to re­flec­tions

It’s been 100 years since the be­gin­ning of the First World War, 75 years since the Sec­ond World War and 20 since the geno­cide in Rwanda. This Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, a se­ries of lec­tures, films and panel dis­cus­sions, as well as an ex­hi­bi­tion and a the­atre pro­duc­tion, will be held to com­mem­o­rate and re­flect on th­ese mo­men­tous world events and learn about the ef­fect of war and vi­o­lence on peo­ple, their in­flu­ence on the de­vel­op­ment of mod­ern war­fare and the preven­tion and re­spon­si­bil­ity to pre­vent war, geno­cide and mass atroc­i­ties.

From the Trenches of the Marne to the Hills of Rwanda: Re­flec­tions on 100 Years of War, Geno­cide and

Mass Vi­o­lence is brought to Jo­han­nes­burg, Pre­to­ria and Cape Town by the Al­liance Française, the Bri­tish Coun­cil, the Euro­pean Union Na­tional In­sti­tutes for Cul­ture, the Goethe-In­sti­tut, the French In­sti­tute of SA, the Jo­han­nes­burg Holo­caust & Geno­cide Cen­tre, the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs of Ger­many, the Rosa Lux­em­burg Stiftung and the South African His­tory Ar­chive, to­gether with a range of South African and Euro­pean part­ners.

“This Re­flec­tions se­ries uses his­tory as a lens to high­light res­o­nances be­tween past and con­tem­po­rary strug­gles for jus­tice,” says Cather­ine Kennedy of the South African His­tory Ar­chive.

“The se­ries of events will not only pro­mote greater aware­ness of, and re­spect for, hu­man rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties but will also fa­cil­i­tate dis­cus­sions about lessons we can learn from the past and how this can be ap­plied in the present to strengthen democ­racy and equal­ity in South Africa.”

Events will be held in var­i­ous cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions, mu­se­ums, ed­u­ca­tion cen­tres and univer­si­ties around Jo­han­nes­burg, Pre­to­ria and Cape Town. The pro­gramme will in­clude a the­atre pro­duc­tion, lec­tures and panel dis­cus­sions by in­ter­na­tional aca­demics, au­thors and film­mak­ers, film se­ries, ed­u­ca­tion work­shops and book dis­cus­sions.

MOOD. A still from the film Ma­jub’sJour­ney. Pic­tures: Sup­plied

FEA­TURED. Rwan­dan writer and di­rec­tor Kivu Ruho­ra­hoza.

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