University of Rochester

EVENT: Showing of Bosnia Hotel: Kenyan Warriors in Bosnia, part of the Africa Video and Film Series sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in room 302 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochester’s River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

February 3, 2004

Keeping the peace in war-torn countries can affect soldiers in unexpected ways. For a group of Samburu warriors from Kenya, their experiences of the “white man’s war” in Bosnia-Herzegovina are explored in Bosnia Hotel: Kenyan Warriors in Bosnia, which will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in room 302 of Morey Hall on the University of Rochester’s River Campus. It is free and open to the public.

Directed by French filmmaker Thomas Balmes, the 1998 documentary describes the U.N. peacekeeping experience through the eyes of Kenyans who question the wartime killings, and wonder about the cultural and religious differences that brought on such devastation. Bosnia Hotel was filmed on the soldiers’ ancestral land.

The Africa Video and Film Series will continue this spring and is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies at the University of Rochester. For more information, contact the Frederick Douglass Institute at (585) 275-7235.




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