Coexist and the Rwanda Genocide

Join us Tuesday October 14th from 12:00 – 1:00pm

Topic:  Using Story to Teach about Upstanding: Coexist and the Rwanda Genocide

Using post-genocide Rwanda as their context, Mr. Adam Mazo and Dr. Mishy Lesser will describe the making of the award-winning documentary, Coexist, and the ways in which the movie is impacting teachers and students in U.S. schools by helping them think deeply about revenge and forgiveness, bystanding and upstanding, and dehumanization and rehumanization.  Come see the film’s opening scene and learn how Rwandans are transforming their lives twenty years after the 1994 genocide.

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Adam Mazo is the Director of the Upstander Project and the Producer and Director of Coexist. His work has been featured at film festivals, international conferences, universities, and schools around the world. Beginning in 2006 he spent time in Rwanda researching and shooting video around the country investigating the country’s reconciliation efforts. He is also currently Co-Directing and Producing a new documentary film project in Maine. For more than a decade he has worked as a television news journalist. He has traveled through more than 20 countries around the world. He was trained at the University of Florida where he earned a B.S. in television production. He came to Boston, which he now calls home, via Minnesota, Florida, and Paris.
Mishy Lesser is the Learning Director for the Upstander Project. She conceived and developed the Coexist Teacher’s Guide to help teachers and students use the film in impactful ways. She has worked with youth since the 1980s and came of age as a trainer and facilitator by partnering with community leaders and organizations in Chile and Ecuador. Mishy has extensive experience in curriculum development, workshop design, and group facilitation. She is a Circle Keeper, and her workshops are both content-rich and attentive to the social emotional learning needs of participants. She is also a writer and has been featured on WBUR (Boston) and PRI/BBC’s “The World.” Mishy earned a doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a certificate from the Couples and Family Center at Harvard Medical School. She spent twelve years in Latin American and ten years in the field of workforce development, with a focus on policy and program reform. She is an Associate of the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.
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