When the 1994 Rwandan genocide broke out, Carl Wilkens was the only American who refused to leave the country. His motive for staying centered around two Tutsis, their lives threatened, who were living in his home. As the killing escalated, Carl and several Rwandan colleagues began making efforts to save others targeted in Kigali. Throughout it all, Carl’s wife Teresa, shared the same devotion to this country, and provided emotional support via ham radio after joining the expatriate evacuation with their three small children.
Stomp Out Genocide
An African child wanders into a destroyed village and discovers a pair of red sneakers which had belonged to a child victimized in a genocide. He puts on the sneakers and begins stomping on the ground in anger, which evolves into a dance for life. The sneakers travel around the world being danced in by hundreds of children who speak out against the targeting of children and the abuse to their human rights.
The Global Peace Film Festival was established to utilize the power of the motion picture to further the goal of peace on earth. With a mission to expand the definition of peace beyond anti-war, ideology, activism or specific causes, the Global Peace Film Festival films and events suggest a more personal message as reflected in the daily lives of individuals and communities the world over.
The GPFF presents films from around the world and global discussions that highlight the power of this extraordinary medium as it relates to new peace issues. See films from around the world, attend educational panels, meet filmmakers and special guests and hear from local activists about their work. And get involved!