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“I Came to Testify” Advance Screening at Fontbonne University

Fontbonne University’s Bosnia Memory Project and The Nine Network of Public Media will host an advance screening of the PBS documentary, “I Came to Testify.” The event will take place Sunday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Lewis Room of Fontbonne’s Taylor Library. “I Came to Testify” is the first of five episodes in a documentary series on Women, War and Peace. This event is free and open to the public.

Focusing on atrocities committed in the Bosnian city of Foca, “I Came to Testify” recounts the experiences of women who have testified against the perpetrators of sexual assault that was part of the program of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Combining original interviews of survivors and jurists with footage of war crimes trials at The Hague, this film examines the use of sexual violence as a tool of war — and the refusal of women to remain silent about what they saw and experienced. “I Came to Testify” offers viewers a deeper understanding of the genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina and a better grasp of sexual violence as a violation of human rights. The film was produced by Pamela Hogan, edited by Andrew Fredericks and narrated by Matt Damon.

The screening will precede a question and answer session with producer Pamela Hogan and Peggy Kuo, a Hague litigator and a participant featured in the film.

“I Came to Testify” will premier on the Nine Network of Public Media, Tuesday, Oct. 11.  Four additional episodes of Women, War and Peace will appear Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8.

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