Director of Sundance Film Award Winner To Speak at Westminster Friday 


The director of the Sundance Film Festival winner, Kinyarwanda, will speak at a luncheon at noon, Friday, Feb. 1, in the Hermann Lounge of the Hunter Activity Center on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

Alrick Brown, a Jamaican-American, who directed this acclaimed drama, will discuss the film, show the movie trailer and answer questions.

The film portrays the heroic role that the Muslim population played during the 1994 Rwanda genocide when they provided sanctuary for vulnerable Tutsis.

The presentation is free and open to the public and pizza and drinks will be served.

Brown will be introduced by Sandra Nivyabandi, a Westminster sophomore from Rwanda.

“During the Rwandan genocide, some people crossed racial, cultural and religious barriers to help each other,” says Dr. Bob Hansen, Executive Director of the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service.  “For example, mosques became places of refuge for Rwandans of all faiths who refused to take part in the violence. Kinyarwanda tells six true stories of survivors.”

The event is sponsored by the Westminster Interfaith Advisory Board, the Office of Community Engagement and Service Learning, Amnesty International Club and the International Club

Brown holds a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A. in English and Masters in Education from Rutgers University.  For over two years, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer before finding his calling in writing, directing and producing narrative films and documentaries that focus on social issues affecting the world at large.  His collective work has been screened in over forty national and international film festivals and has received several awards.

Brown is in Central Missouri for The Third Goal International Film Festival being held at the University of Missouri Student Center Feb. 2 in Columbia.  Those who wish to view Kinyarwanda can attend a free 1 p.m. showing at the festival that day.

The director will also conduct a filmmaker workshop at Columbia Access Television on Feb.1 at 6 p.m. in Studio A.

The Third Goal International Film Festival is hosted by the Central Missouri Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.  It is made possible by Columbia Access Television, the Missouri Arts Council, Westminster College, KBIA and University of Missouri partners: Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, Master of Public Health Program, the Graduate School, Black Studies Program and the Career Center.

For more information on the Festival, those interested can go to