Recent Events
Apr 23, 2014

I Came To Testify

A free six-event commemorative film series featuring stories of survivors and their children

I Came to Testify (2011)


Speakers: David Kaye, Ivana Ivkovic Kelley, Amanda Meek


Please note: Attendance at this event involves a two-prong registration process as an actual ticket is required. When you RSVP on Living Ubuntu’s main event site, you will immediately be forwarded to the Carpenter Center web site for the second part of the process. Please be aware that when you leave the Living Ubuntu site, you will not be returned there after the Carpenter site.

Film Synopsis:

When the Balkans exploded into war in the 1990s, reports that tens of thousands of women were being systematically raped as a tactic of ethnic cleansing captured the international spotlight. I Came to Testify is the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. Now, as Bosnia is once again in the headlines with the capture of Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic, the women agree to speak for the first time since then, on condition that we keep their identities hidden for their protection. “Witness 99,” who was held at gunpoint for a month with dozens of other women in a sports hall in the center of town remembers: “We were treated like animals. But that was the goal: to kill a woman’s dignity.” Their remarkable courage resulted in a triumphant verdict that led to new international laws about sexual violence in war. Returning to Bosnia 16 years after the end of the conflict, I Came to Testify also explores the chasm between this seismic legal shift and the post-war justice experienced by most of Bosnia’s women war survivors. Narrated by Matt Damon.

Where: California State University, Long Beach, Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
Apr 20, 2014

“Nicky’s Family” Screenings Benefiting JWW’s Walk to End Genocide

RSVP for the Laemmle Music Hall (Beverley Hills) Screening
RSVP for the Laemmle Town Center (Encino) Screening
Both Screenings are free. Donations will be collected to benefit the Walk to End Genocide.

One Life at a Time Photo Exhibition
Apr 18, 2014

One Life at a Time Photo Exhibition


Open daily through mid-April.

Free and open to the public. No RSVP required for individuals or small groups. For docent tours, contact Amy Friedman Cecil at

Questions? Contact JWW at 818-501-1836 or

Where: Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436
Apr 17, 2014

A Collection Of Short Films

A free six-event commemorative film series featuring stories of survivors and their children

A collection of short films

UCI International Studies Public Forum


 Joseph Jok, Julia Julima, Martina Knee, Katie-Jay Scott
Space is limited.

Camp Darfur, a traveling, awareness-raising six-tent refugee camp exhibit, (one for each genocide being commemorated in April), will be on campus all day in the center of campus, near “the flag pole area” in front of Langson Library on April 17.

A collection of short films:

Since its independence in 1956, Sudan has been at war with itself. Its current government has perpetrated serial genocides against its own citizens. Most recently, it has targeted the people of Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei. South Sudan, the nation created by secession in 2011 after decades of war and the loss of 2.5 million lives, is now on the brink of civil war along political and ethnic lines. In these ongoing genocides facts change rapidly. New films are released frequently, and we will screen shorter pieces depicting the conflicts in these areas, revealing their similarities and differences and their effects on innocent civilians. We will announce the titles closer to the date of the event.

Where: University of California, Irvine, SSPA1100, 151 Social Sciences Plaza Irvine, CA 92697
Apr 6, 2014

6th Annual Walk to End Genocide: Orange County

Orange County Walk to End Genocide

For registration and more information, visit the Orange County walk site.

Where: Fountain Valley Sports Park, 16400 Brookhurst Street, Fountain Valley, CA
Apr 3, 2014

Enemies Of The People

A free six-event commemorative film series featuring stories of survivors and their children

Speakers: Fran Faraz, Dr. John Hall, Zaklin Phat

Space is limited.

Community booths from partnering organizations will be set up inside the Student Center before the event, beginning at 5:30p.

Film Synopsis:

In ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE the men and women who perpetrated the massacres – from the foot-soldiers who slit throats to the party’s ideological leader, Nuon Chea aka Brother Number Two – break a 30-year silence to give testimony never before heard or seen. Unprecedented access from top to bottom of the Khmer Rouge has been achieved by one of Cambodia’s best investigative journalists, Thet Sambath. Sambath is on a personal quest: he lost his own family in the Killing Fields. The film is his journey to discover not how but why they died. In doing so, he hears and understands for the first time the real story of his country’s tragedy.

After years of visits and trust-building, Sambath finally persuades Brother Number Two to admit (again, for the first time) in detail how he and Pol Pot (the two supreme powers in the Khmer Rouge state) decided to kill party members whom they considered ‘Enemies of the People’. Sambath says: “Some may say no good can come from talking to killers and dwelling on past horror, but I say these people have sacrificed a lot to tell the truth. In daring to confess they have done good, perhaps the only good thing left. They and all the killers like them must be part of the process of reconciliation if my country is to move forward.”

Where: Golden West College Student Center, 15744 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Apr 2, 2014

“The Armenian Genocide” Film Screening

Speakers: Barbara English, Jeff Mallinson, Levon Marashlian

Space is limited.

Film Synopsis:

The Armenian Genocide is the complete story of the first Genocide of the 20th century – when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I. This unprecedented and powerful one-hour documentary, was written, directed and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Andrew Goldberg. Featuring interviews with the leading experts in the field such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power and New York Times best-selling author, Peter Balakian, this film features never-before-seen historical footage of the events and key players of one of the greatest untold stories of the 20th century. The Armenian Genocide is narrated by Julianna Margulies and includes historical narrations by Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney and Orlando Bloom, among others.


Camp Darfur, a traveling, awareness-raising six-tent refugee camp exhibit, (one for each genocide being commemorated in April), will be on campus outside the venue location beginning at noon.


Community booths from our partnering organizations will also be set up in the same area beginning at 5:30p.

Where: Concordia University, CU Center, 1530 Concordia West, Irvine, CA 92612
Apr 1, 2014

“My Neighbor, My Killer” Film Screening

Genocide Awareness Month Film Screening and Panel

Reception: 5p – 6p, Program: 6p – 8p

Speakers:  Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli, Michelle Hobby-Mears, Delly Nzella, Edith Umugiraneza, Kristi Wilson

Space is limited.

Film Synopsis:

Could you ever forgive the people who slaughtered your family?

In 1994, hundreds of thousands of Rwandan Hutus were incited to wipe out the country’s Tutsi minority. Local ‘patrols’ massacred lifelong friends and family members, often with machetes and improvised weapons. In 2001, the government put in place the Gacaca Tribunals — open-air hearings with citizen-judges meant to try their neighbors and rebuild the nation. As part of this experiment in reconciliation, confessed genocide killers were sent home from prison, while traumatized survivors are asked to forgive and resume living side-by-side. Award-winning filmmaker Anne Aghion has charted the impact of Gacaca on survivors and perpetrators alike. Through their fear and anger, accusations and defenses, blurry truths, inconsolable sadness, and hope for life renewed, she captures the emotional journey to coexistence.


Camp Darfur, a traveling, awareness-raising six-tent refugee camp exhibit, (one for each genocide being commemorated in April), will be on campus outside the dining hall in the Campus Green area beginning at noon.


Community booths from our partnering organizations will be set up at the reception.

Where: Soka University of America, Pauling 216 (reception in the adjacent plaza), 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Mar 23, 2014

3rd Annual Walk to End Genocide: San Diego

For registration and more information, visit the San Diego walk site.

A Conversation with Janice Kamenir-Reznik
Mar 2, 2014

A Conversation with Janice Kamenir-Reznik

Adat Shalom