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Sundance Award-Winning Documentary about Genesis and Legacy of the Genocide Convention to be Screened at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 10, 2015

MAHWAH, NJ – A screening of the Sundance award-winning documentary, Watchers of the Sky, will be held at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Monday, March 30, 7-9 p.m.  in the Robert A. Scott Student Center, Alumni Lounges (SC137-138). Elizabeth Bohart, executive producer and Director of Outreach for the film, will introduce and lead a discussion. The College’s Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is sponsoring the event. It is free and open to the public.

Watchers of the Sky is a powerful feature documentary that exposes the uncanny parallels of genocides across time and culture. Uniquely, Watchers of the Sky tells the stories of five remarkable people who are trying to end the international community’s political paralysis and make “never again” a reality. These individuals’ actions and choices demonstrate that people can effectively challenge the axiom that nothing can be done to end genocide.

Featured in the film are:

Raphael Lemkin — the man who created the word ‘genocide’ and first brought the world’s attention to the moral imperative of addressing it.

Emmanuel Uvvueukun — a Rwandan aid worker and genocide survivor who runs three refugee camps housing Darfuri refugees in Chad.

Benjamin Ferencz — at 90, one of the last surviving prosecutors from the Nuremberg Trials, who will not be silenced as he persistently persuades delegates at the United Nations to take action.

Luis Moreno-Ocampo — Chief Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, who began proceedings against the Sudanese Government on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Samantha Power — author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning examination of genocide A Problem From Hell, whose insightful and articulate voice ties together these disparate stories to connect the events in Sudan with the unfulfilled legacy of Raphael Lemkin.

In addition to being the Executive Producer of Watchers of the Sky, Elizabeth Bohart is a strategy consultant whose work has focused on creating business plans for nonprofit and for-profit entities in developing countries. Bohart’s involvement extends beyond the film to its audience engagement and outreach program. She oversaw the development of the film’s educational outreach materials, including its middle and high school curriculums.

Bohart was the founding board chair of Maloto, a US-based organization dedicated to developing programs for underserved youth in northern Malawi.  She is also on the board of Komera, a leadership incubator for Rwandan girls. She lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters.

The screening and presentation are free and open to the public.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

 

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Niche.com.

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com. Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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