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"I Came To Testify" - Film Screening for Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month

I Came to Testify (2011)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 7-9pm

Speakers: David Kaye, Ivana Ivkovic Kelley, Amanda Meek

Community booths from partnering organizations will be featured in the lobby before the event, beginning at 6p.

Note: Please RSVP also on even though it's free so they know how many are coming.

Film Synopsis:

When the Balkans exploded into war in the 1990s, reports that tens of thousands of women were being systematically raped as a tactic of ethnic cleansing captured the international spotlight. I Came to Testify is the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. Now, as Bosnia is once again in the headlines with the capture of Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic, the women agree to speak for the first time since then, on condition that we keep their identities hidden for their protection. “Witness 99,” who was held at gunpoint for a month with dozens of other women in a sports hall in the center of town remembers: “We were treated like animals. But that was the goal: to kill a woman’s dignity.” Their remarkable courage resulted in a triumphant verdict that led to new international laws about sexual violence in war. Returning to Bosnia 16 years after the end of the conflict, I Came to Testify also explores the chasm between this seismic legal shift and the post-war justice experienced by most of Bosnia’s women war survivors. Narrated by Matt Damon.


David Kaye is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at the University of California at Irvine School of Law. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley. He previously taught at the UCLA School of Law (where he founded its International Human Rights Program and International Justice Clinic, working on projects dealing with accountability for international crimes around the world), Whittier Law School and Georgetown University Law Center. He served as Deputy Legal Counselor, Embassy of the United States, The Hague, The Netherlands [masked]) and Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. [masked]). His scholarship and teaching focus on public international law, especially international humanitarian law, accountability for massive violations of human rights, and the law governing use of force. He has been published in numerous law journals as well as in the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He has lectured throughout California, in the United States, and in China, Turkey and Israel.

Ivana Ivkovic Kelley received an MFA from the University of Southern California. After grad school, she worked in all facets of the industry, from development to production to worldwide distribution by managing her own international clients for 20th Century Fox. Prior to USC, she interviewed survivors and translated testimonies of systematic rape during the war in Bosnia, spending her undergrad years researching its use as a means of ethnic cleansing. As a result this work and traveling into enemy-occupied territory to deliver food and medical supplies to the refugee centers where they lived, she was interviewed twice by NPR, by a number of domestic newspapers, and was invited to speak at the University of Stockholm and the University of Uppsala during the last year of the Bosnian war. Roughly four years ago, she left her studio job in order to dedicate herself completely to a documentary project that had been on the back burner for years, but the timing now felt right. Ivana hopes this film will shed more light on the issue of sexualized violence during conflict. She feels that these stories are as relevant today as they were during those times of conflict, and as long as women and girls continue to be targeted as the cheapest and most destructive type of warfare, used increasingly in conflicts all over, and as long as the survivors continue to fight for justice, these stories will never get old.

Amanda Meek, as Education Coordinator, oversees all Arts for Life events at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. She received her B.A. in Theatre Performance from California State University, Long Beach and her M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College where she assistant directed the East Coast Premiere of “The Hundred Dresses.” Amanda taught theatre and dance at Chelsea High School in Massachusetts as well as running her own theatre company “This and That” in Boston. She also teaches dance at numerous Southern California dance studios as well as theatre master classes at various high schools.

Living Ubuntu, in collaboration with Amnesty International – Irvine, community partners and six local academic institutions, presents a six-event commemorative film series featuring the stories of survivors and their children. April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, and each film commemorates a genocide that started during April. Living Ubuntu provides education about global traumas as part of its mission to heal trauma in order to promote peace. All events are free and open to the public. The fifth one is about the Bosnia genocide. All details are above.

For info on all six events, a complete list of community partners, and to RSVP, visit:
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  • Megan

    Good event. Does anyone know of other social justice initiatives/groups in the city?

    April 28, 2014

    • Lisa

      You can check out some of the Justin Rudd items, I also like the LB Task Force on Human Trafficking.

      April 30, 2014

  • tracy

    Really impactful presentation. Glad I went, sorry I missed the group… should have read the meeting direction a little closer.

    April 25, 2014

  • Chris

    I also didn't notice anyone, but excellent and impacting event.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Lisa

    Thanks for coming out! I didn't find any of tge other Meetuppers. Good event.

    1 · April 24, 2014

  • Andy

    Great program. Met the organizer but didn't see anyone else. There were a lot of students, so we adults got lost in the crowd.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lisa

    Note: Please RSVP also on even though it's free so they know how many are coming.

    March 8, 2014

    • Lisa

      Everyone, even though it's free you will need a paper ticket to get in, please register.

      April 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm bringing 3 guests. I already sent my RSVP and donation.

    1 · March 7, 2014

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