Sundance and Oscar winners headline Genocide Film Series

Author: Arts and Letters


The “Genocide Film Series: On Our Watch?” will take place at the University of Notre Dame from March 2 to 4 (Friday to Sunday) in the Browning Cinema of the Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

Sponsored by the ND Holocaust Project, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Center for Social Concerns and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the series will feature six films examining past and current genocide crises around the world.

Admission to each screening is $6 for the general public, $5 for faculty and staff, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. Tickets are available by calling 574-631-2800 or on the Web at .

“Shake Hands with the Devil,” an Audience Award winner at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, will show at 4p.m. March 4 (Sunday). Directed by Peter Raymont, the documentary details the personal journey of Romo Dallaire, the Canadian lieutenant general in charge of the UN Peace Keeping Force during the 1994 Rwanda genocide of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus.

Other screenings during the weekend are as follows:

  • March 2 at 7p.m. – “Screamers,” a documentary featuring the music of Grammy Award-winning rock band System of a Down, examines why genocides keep occurring.
  • March 2 at 10p.m. – “The Killing Fields” tells the true story of two journalists, one American and one local, covering the Khmer Rouge revolution in Cambodia.
  • March 3 at 7p.m. – “The Last King of Scotland” recounts the reign of Ugandan President Idi Amin through the eyes of a semi-fictionalized Scottish doctor. Thisfilm also will show March 4 at 1p.m.
  • March 3 at 10p.m. – “No Man’s Land,” winner of the 2001 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, offers darkly humorous commentary on war through the story of opposing Bosnian and Serb soldiers stuck together in a trench.
  • March 4 at 4p.m. – “Night and Fog” combines color footage filmed at Auschwitz in 1955 with black and white newsreels to tell the story of the Holocaust. This film will follow the screening of “_Shake Hands with the Devil”_ and will be ticketed as one event.

Contact: Betty Signer, ND Holocaust Project, 574-631-7635, or Jon Vickers, Browning Cinema manager, 574-631-2725,

Originally published by Kyle Chamberlin at on February 20, 2007.