Narratives of Modern Genocide (2021)

Sichan Siv and Gilbert Tuhabonye escaped the killing fields of Cambodia and the massacre of Burundi’s children. Now, this film uses animation and the words of Sichan, Gilbert and twelve other survivors to make us confront a very haunting fact: the holocaust of World War II was not the end of the world’s genocide.

Directed by Paul Allen Hunton and funded by the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, this is no easy watch. But it shouldn’t be.

Siv escaped Cambodia’s killing fields, leaving the country with only his scarf, an empty rice bag and two dollars to his name. He would go on to serve The White House as Deputy Assistant to President George H.W. Bush and at the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary. In 2001, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as an ambassador to the United Nations, serving until 2006. Gilbert is now a retired professional runner, a philanthropist, an author and a community leader in Austin, Texas.

The world can change, for some people, but we must figure out how to change the world for the better. The COVID-19 outbreak has brought us together at the same time as it has made us myopic about our own needs. The world is a smaller place now and we must understand that these stories are still happening.

Narratives of Modern Genocide is available on demand from Passion River Films. To learn more, visit the official site.

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