Tweet Earlier this year, Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum joined forces with friend and fellow producer Reid Carolin to executive produce their first film via their production company 33&Out. That film is a moving political documentary called ‘EARTH MADE OF GLASS‘, and the well received doc, which follows Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu, had a standing room only premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City this past April.
I was lucky enough to attend the premiere with Chan, Jenna, Reid, and their good friends Nick Zano, Haylie Duff, and Jamie Linden (the screenwriter for ‘Dear John‘).
What could top sitting in between that particular group of people?…Sitting two seats behind Paul Kagame and having the opportunity to rub elbows with him backstage after the premiere. He’s not only the current President of an African nation, but he’s also a man who’s often compared to Nelson Mandela for his efforts to heal his genocide-torn country.
Hearing Paul Kagame speak and having the opportunity to talk with survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu, who lost his entire family to Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, are two experiences I’ll never forget, and ‘EARTH MADE OF GLASS‘ made an equally strong impression on me.
On August 6th, 2008, against the backdrop of the world’s deadliest war in neighboring Eastern Congo, Rwandan President Paul Kagame released a report detailing the French government’s hidden role in planning the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Three months later, his closest aide, Rose Kabuye, was arrested by France on charges of terrorism. Meanwhile, a genocide survivor haunted by his father’s unsolved murder scours the Rwandan countryside on a 15-year search for clues. Despite having never met, the story of a President and an ordinary citizen become inextricably linked in this extraordinary documentary.
‘EARTH MADE OF GLASS‘ a beautiful film and those of you in the Dartmouth area will have a chance to watch it at Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover, New Hampshire at 7:30pm tomorrow (August 13th). The film is the latest work from New Hampshire director Deborah Scranton, who I also had the pleasure of meeting when I was in New York, and people attending the screening will have an opportunity to participate in a discussion with her after the screening.
The Hopkins Center for the Arts is located at Dartmouth College at 2 East Wheelock Street in Hanover, New Hampshire. Tickets are on sale now at the Hopkins Center Box Office for $10 (only $5 with your Dartmouth ID). If you would like to attend, you can call 603-646-2422 or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to tomorrow’s screening.
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