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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Selection Reminder: Student Academy Award-winning documentary As We Forgive

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Sunday, September 18As We Forgive

It’s an unfortunate side effect of humans’ limited brain capacity that we can’t really comprehend big numbers, whether talking about the infinite distances of the galaxy or even disturbances in our own proverbial backyards, where massacres, genocides, famine and other omens of the apocalypse happen all the time. If our collective pea brains can’t process bad data in mass quantities, it serves to reason that we can’t quite fathom mass good data either. So it’s a bit of an exercise of the mind to watch As We Forgive, the Student Academy Award-winning documentary that trains the camera on Rwanda, site of a senseless genocide in 1994 that claimed anywhere from half a million to a million lives in the most brutal ways imaginable. As the film tells it, tens of thousands of the perpetrators of that genocide have been released back into the villages they decimated. Now, two women who lost nearly everything struggle to come face-to-face with these people as they wrestle with the idea of forgiveness – something else that the human conscience has a tough time with. It’s all part of an ongoing series at the home of Hard Things To Fathom, the Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida, a place designed to not let us atrophy into something we’re all too good at: cultural forgetfulness. – Justin Strout (2 p.m. at the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland; free; 407-628-0555; holocaustedu.org)

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