"I'm Not Leaving" - Film Screening
Upper Columbia Academy
3025 E Spangle-Waverly Rd, Spangle
November 17 at 7:30 pm
During the horrors of the Rwandan genocide of 1994, all the Americans left for safety --- except one!
Come watch I'm Not Leaving - a moving film about the experience of Carl Wilkens, the lone American to stay by and help save lives during the genocide. Then, stay afterwards to speak with Carl and the filmmaker, Kevin Ekvall, for questions and answers. The event begins with a few numbers of music at 7:30 pm at the Upper Columbia Academy Gymnasium, 3025 E. Spangle-Waverly Rd, Spangle.
For directions or more information, call Shelley Bacon at 509-675-5003.
As a humanitarian aid worker Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the Spring of 1990. In 1994, when extremists took over the government in Rwanda and started ordering ordinary citizens to kill the “enemy”—their Tutsi neighbors—all foreign embassies evacuated their respective citizens. However, a handful refused to leave, among them one American—Carl Wilkens. His harrowing, yet hopeful, journey weaves together stories of tremendous risk and fierce compassion, in the midst of the senseless slaughtering of 800,000 innocent people, known by many as the darkest 100 days of the 20th century.
For more than a decade Carl has been sharing stories around the globe with schools and faith communities, as well as civic and military groups. His storytelling does not stop with Rwanda’s tragic history, but moves forward to the powerful and inspiring recovery process. Among the many lessons he shares from his experience during and after the Rwandan genocide is the transformative belief that we don’t have to be defined by what we lost or our worst choices—we can be defined by what we do with what remains, what we do after the terrible choices.