Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Speaking for those who have no voice. It's a provocative idea that Taylor Krauss, founder of Voices of Rwanda, wants to tap into. According to him, "Recording individual testimonies is a moral imperative."
Krauss is the 27-year-old force behind Voices of Rwanda, which is dedicated to recording and preserving the oral history of Rwandans to inform the world about the genocide and to inspire a sense of citizen responsibility to prevent human-rights atrocities. Filming takes place in the United States and Rwanda. Some fiercely emotional interviews, Krauss says, last longer than eight hours.
The goal of Voices of Rwanda is to turn the video archives into an educational resource for journalists, historians, academics, psychologists, artists and activists. The testimonies will be used in curriculums at high schools across the United States and will also be available to museums, schools and other learning institutions around the world. That way, many Rwandan men, women and children will be given not only a voice in history but also an audience to hear it.
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