Heal the Nation Film Documentary Launched
Thousands of Kenyans participated in the official launch of the Heal the Nation documentary on Sunday at City Hall Wall.The independent film chronicles Picha Mtaani, is a street photography exhibition of the 2007-2008 post-election violence that reached over 500,000 Kenyans over the past three years.
Through eyewitness accounts and personal stories, victims and perpetrators meet together as they narrate their stories on Kenya’s worst political and tribal conflict that left over 1,500 dead and nearly 500,000 people internally displaced. “Next time someone gives you money and a panga, take the money; it's probably yours. Give him back the panga.Ask him to go fight,” said Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud who called for personal responsibility.
The public film screening followed a series of programs throughout the day. Hundreds of passersby viewed the original travelling photography exhibition and signed pledges committing themselves to peace around the 2012 elections.
The Heal the Nation film is just one initiative of the organisation,which implements innovative projects to involve ordinary citizens and visual artists in a process of healing, reconciliation, and civic engagement.