26.6: Sunday, 19:00, at K9 Kinzigstr. 9, 10247 Berlin (U5 Samariterstr.)
The director Leona Goldstein will be present for Q&A. OmU/Eng. This event WomenLesbianTransInter* only.
20 years after the genocide Rwanda is celebrated as one of the most progressive countries of the continent: fast economical growth, leading in IT technology, and the first parliament in the world ruled by a female majority. 20 years ago women were not allowed to talk publicly without the permission of their husbands.
“God Is Not Working On Sunday!” follows the life of Godeliève and Florida. Despite their divided histories, these women are struggling for a common goal: Breaking the silence, reconciliation, and political empowerment for women. We follow Godeliève and Florida organizing self-empowerment trainings for women to confront patriarchal structures; to the rural area, where the new generation of children born out of rape are redefining their identities, facing a life shoulder to shoulder with the murderers of their families, their fathers. And where more and more women decide to break the silence and speak out.
Through an intimate, long-term observing portrait “God is not working on Sunday!” narrates about the Rwanda of today and its women, standing for a new generation of leaders on the african continent.
Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda today is celebrated as one of the most progressive countries on the continent. It has fast economic growth, a leading IT sector, and the first parliament in the world ruled by a female majority. Twenty years earlier, women were not allowed to talk publicly without the permission of their husbands. Rwandan women from all walks of life came together and began organizing collectively to create social change.
“God Is Not Working On Sunday, Eh!” tells the story of Godelieve and Florida, two women amongst many Rwandan women who are working to overcome the traumata of genocide through organizing activities and services for individuals and communities, both survivors and perpetrators. Despite their divided histories, these women are struggling for a common goal: reconciliation, equal rights and political empowerment for women. Without financial means or any specific training, they have managed to build a vibrant, independent women’s network that today plays a decisive part in reconstructing their communities, reconciling relationships, and driving social change.
The film follows Godelieve and Florida as they pursue their visions determined and self-confident, through the patriarchal structures. Through an close, long-term observing portrait, it narrates from silence to talking, from traumatic-shock to activism and demand for equal rights. political participation.
“Hutu” and “Tutsi” are inadequate terms to define their identities. Both are survivors of the conflict. Despite their different realities, their paths cross again and again; Florida and Godelieve meet regularly at the Twese Hamwe network meetings, the umbrella organization for all women’s projects in Rwanda. The film is told from the women’s perspectives, using only their unscripted dialogue, sharing with the viewer a complex insight into the social reconstruction of Rwandan civil society after its collapse.
The title of the film – God Is Not Working on Sunday! – reflects the women’s appeal to direct action at the individual and community levels. The sarcastic, rhetorical question from Florida conveys her belief that Rwandans cannot simply wait for other forces – godly or governmental – to provide a better future for them. They have to take it into their own hands.
GOD IS NOT WORKING ON SUNDAYS! Website