What makes this an outstanding must-have course?
Somebody’s Child is a deeply engaging, dynamic and interactive course, that teaches students about the Rwandan genocide in a way that touches hearts, minds, and spirits.Its powerful content reminds us that losing sight of others’ humanity can have significant and potentially dangerous consequences. Students who take this course will engage upon an educational experience that will remain with them, for the rest of their lives.
Katherine Helm, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling
Professor of Psychology,
Eye-opening and mind blowing is how I would describe “Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda”. This course greatly increased my knowledge of the history of the Rwandan genocide and sparked a desire to expand on this knowledge. Students will be highly engaged through organized lessons comprised of interactive text, quizzes, and a captivating film that teaches both history and the impact of inhumanity.
IBM Client Executive, retired
“Somebody’s Child” filmmaker Felicia Middlebrooks spent a considerable amount of time in Rwanda observing the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and learning from many of the survivors. Consequently, this course not only provides the historic account of the events that contributed to and that took place during the genocide, but it offers a rare, authentic view of Rwanda’s road to recovery. Students of this course will become familiar with the Rwandan genocide in ways that not only inform and affect, but also inspire. The story of the Rwandan genocide and the country’s recovery, demonstrates the role of courage, strength, and community to overcoming tragedy and pressing forward to heal, survive, and grow. As an educator, I know that students will benefit from this progressive, engaging course. As a citizen, I believe this education vital to raising awareness of the impact our decisions and actions can have around the globe."
High School Mathematics Teacher,
Atlanta Public Schools
As a Black British accounting professor who studies issues of race and racism in the accounting field, I found this course especially relevant to my own experiences of being a Black British man, both in the UK and the US. This course powerfully teaches students about the impact of colonialism, imperialism, and how these forces degrade, devalue, and destroy native cultures. Students taking this course will leave their experiences with a clear understanding of how and why the tragedy of the Rwandan genocide unfolded and its global implications that remain with us today.
Anton Lewis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
The Rwanda genocide is an example of what can happen to conquered nations who are culturally, politically, and psychologically manipulated for continued control of their natural resources and population. Filmmaker/Journalist FeliciaMiddlebrooks does a masterful job of researching and analyzing the colonization of Rwanda, and how it resulted in one of the greatest atrocities in history. The Somebody’s Child course not only summarizes the documentary film, but adds the extensive detail needed to fully understand the vocabulary and terminology featured in the film and course. I highly recommend that everyone, age 16 and older, view the film and complete the corresponding course, to gain a greater understanding of the Rwandan Holocaust, the events that preceded it, and how the country reclaimed its future.
Cynthia E. Partridge, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati
This online course, Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda, provided me with an intense educational experience like no other. Certain themes that will stick with me, are the power of influence, its long-lasting effects and true mercy. After completion, I felt both inspired and more equipped to promote change where needed. I am now more apt to be mindful of what events take place in other nations, to have courage in becoming involved towards solutions for global issues, not just an observer of them. The documentary acted as a great preparatory piece into the Rwandese culture, and crucial history before diving into the lesson materials, which discussed the key topics on a detailed level. There was also a proper balance of receiving information from the written content, visual media, and audio clips. It kept me constantly engaged, in anticipation of the next lesson. I highly recommend this course to not only lovers of learning, but to the whole of humanity, so they can strive towards becoming an educated people of the world, while actively being a part of the notable changes that take place within it.
Korey A. Smith, BA., BS.
MUSC NIH-Prep Scholar
“Somebody’s Child reaches deeper into the Rwanda tragedy than we’ve gone before. This is a mother-to-mother account of humanity’s worst nightmare. Its professional, emotional storytelling captivates and illuminates an event the world is still trying to understand. Middlebrooks adds another layer toward that goal, and we are in her debt.”
Host NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Former Host A&E’s American Justice, Cold Case Files, Investigative Reports
"Somebody's Child: The Redemption of Rwanda" is a powerfully moving statement of hope arising from one of the worst tragedies in living memory. It's a gripping film that captures the soul and suffering of a beautiful people and points the way back to forgiveness for all of us. Congratulations to Felicia Middlebrooks for telling a story we need to hear and telling it so well.
The late Harold Ramis
Filmmaker “Caddyshack”, “Ghost Busters”, “Groundhog Day” “The Ice Harvest”, “Analyze This”, “Stripes”, “Year One”
“Given its recent history, Rwanda should be one of the most ruined countries in the world today. Instead, it is bursting with hope and enthusiasm. “Somebody’s Child” takes us inside the lives of ordinary Rwandans to tell the emotional story of how this country and its people—especially its women, have come to terms with the past and embraced the challenge of the future.”
Former Washington Post Foreign Correspondent, Former New York Times Correspondent, and Author of National Bestsellers All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, and A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It
“Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda” is an amazing film that depicts Rwanda’s devastating past and shows hope for the future! It clearly outlines the genocide, what events led up to this tragic occurrence and what has transpired since then. This film, told from the hearts of Rwanda’s people, teaches us many important life lessons while looking toward a brighter future.”
Director Emeritus of Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and animal expert
“Somebody’s Child” is a moving and beautiful portrait of the incredible resilience of the people of Rwanda. Executive Producer Felicia Middlebrooks has given these incredible survivors of genocide a voice that they have long been searching for. After watching this documentary, you will be encouraged to join the movement to rebuild Rwanda and put an end to the consequences of a massacre to which the world has turned a blind eye for much too long.”
Former Anchor NBC’s Access Hollywood, Host 90-DayFiance, and Author Exactly As I Am
“Somebody’s Child is a sensitive and in-depth look beyond the horror of genocide, into the deep power and spirit of Rwanda’s people that rises out of the evil. Felicia Middlebrooks reminds us of a Rwanda too often forgotten and takes us beyond the stories and articles of yesterday, reminding us that life is stronger than death! It is brilliant, touching and not only shows us the surviving spirit of the Rwandan people, but causes us to challenge our own drive to survive in spite of.”
Reverend Michael Pfleger
Community Activist and Pastor of Faith Community of Saint Sabina Church
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