As Seen on PBS World

Komora aired nationally on PBS World in the spring of 2015 and fall of 2017. Follow us on Facebook to get notified about future air dates.

Special Jury Award Winner at  Houston International Film Festival

Komora received a Special Jury Remi Award, the highest award for independent documentary short subjects at the Houston International Film Festival in 2014.

Funded by National Geographic

Komora was funded by a National Geographic All Roads Film Grant and a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant.

SYNOPSIS

What would it take you to forgive the murder of your family? How would you redefine family if you were the only survivor in yours? And how would you react when the people who tried to exterminate your people were released from prison and returned to your community? These are just a few questions addressed in Komora: To Heal. Komora is about the orphan survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda and the people who stepped up to raise them, whether they were older siblings, orphanage caretakers, or peers when they had no one but each other. The story is told by two friends. Emmanuel Habimana, a law student who lost his parents to the genocide, teams up with Natalia Ledford, an American independent filmmaker. As Natalia narrates the story, Emmanuel takes them throughout Rwanda and halfway around the world as he interviews his peers, family, heroes, and even former killers. He explores what survival has meant for his peers, especially now, living in a society where they must share their communities with killers.

IN THE NEWS
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CHICAGO

TRIBUNE

"Habimana has traveled the world conveying his message and working on "Komora: To Heal," a National Geographic-funded documentary about orphans of the genocide against the Tutsis."

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PORTLAND

TRIBUNE

"Thompson said Habimana’s presentation had triggered much discussion about what the school might do to further awareness in the community about genocide, and definitely has spurred thoughtful conversations at the school."

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LINCOLN

JOURNAL STAR

“There are so many positive stories in Rwanda,” Ledford told the Journal Star prior to her work on the documentary,“ and I want to make this film uplifting.”

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OMAHA WORLD HERALD

"Then I read a story Tuesday about a young woman, now a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, who is wrapping up a documentary about the genocide in Rwanda. She co-directed the National Geographic-funded project with a survivor of that horror."

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WEEKEND RADIO

Natalia Ledford and Emmanuel Habimana, co directors of documentary Komora: To Heal, speak of experiences shooting the documentary in Rwanda.

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NBC

NEBRASKA

"This month marks 20 years since the start of the Rwandan genocide. A survivor of the genocide spoke in Grand Island today."

 

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A special thank-you goes to the following programs and institutions that have

hosted screenings and speaking events to help spread Komora's message:

WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT!

The Illinois Holocaust Museum

Chicago, Illinois

National Geographic Society

Washington, DC

The University of Houston

Houston, Texas

Lewis and Clark College

Portland, Oregon

The University of Nebraska

Lincoln, Nebraska

The Youth Education Summit

Los Angeles, California

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington

Lake Oswego Reads

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Candles Holocaust Museum

Terre Haut, Indiana

Stevenson High School

Lincolnshire, Illinois

Southeast High School

Lincoln, Nebraska

Atitlan Multicultural Academy

Panajachel, Guatemala

Human Rights Watch

Washington, DC

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, Nebraska

Institute for Holocaust Education

Omaha, Nebraska

Notre Dame High School

San Jose, California

Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Education

New York, New York

The Multicultural Coalition 

Grand Island, Nebraska

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

The Spungen Family Foundation

Santa Barbara, California

Wood Oaks Junior High

Northbrook, Illinois

Highland Park High School

Highland Park, Illinois

Irving Middle School

Lincoln, Nebraska

Grand Theater

Grand Island, Nebraska