Documentary about Rwandan orphans of genocide premieres at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center

This Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Emmanuel Habimana and Natalia Ledford will present an edited version of their film, "The Children Who Lived," at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center and hold a question and answer session following the movie.

The film features a series of follow-up interviews with internationally recognized figures Romeo Dallaire, Laura Lane and Carl Wilkens.

Habimana and Ledford spent six months in 2010 researching and filming the survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. Habimana, who survived the slaughter of his parents and half his siblings when he was nine years old, had to fend for himself and lived as a servant of the Hutu militia. Ledford, who is studying journalism and international studies at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, received a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to fund the documentary.

The UNL recognized student organization Education for the World is organizing the event. The event is sponsored in part by grants from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Pepsi Endowment Fund, the Student Affairs Division—which includes Campus Recreation, Nebraska Unions, University Health Center and University Housing—and the Pepsi Diversity Program Fund.

About Natalia Ledford

Natalia Ledford

Ledford is the writer, director and producer of "Paths of the Displaced," a 2009 documentary profiling the lives of five of her high school peers in Lincoln, Neb., who have traveled from Sudan as refugees after being displaced by a civil war that took over 3,000,000 lives and raged for 20 years.

More Information

View the film's trailer

Listen to Ledford and Habimana on National Geographic Radio, June 25, 2011