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Africa Peacebuilders

"This Light that Pushes Me"


Exhibition at Friends House

9 April - 8 May 2014 Friends House will be holding an exhibition highlighting African Quaker peacebuilders called ‘This Light that Pushes Me’. The peacebuilders come from nine sub-Saharan African countries and all have experienced some form of violence. The exhibition and book trace the journeys that have transformed that suffering into a force for social change.

There is also a powerful book to accompany the exhibition; buy This Light that Pushes Me.

Opening times

Where: Friends House 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ


All films are free and no booking is required.

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16 April  6.30pm

Beyond Forgiving is a documentary film which depicts the journey of two South Africans to bring healing and reconciliation to their country post-Apartheid. Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphalele form an unlikely pair: a black atheist man and a white Christian woman. One has suffered directly from actions of the other, but both have been victims – and risen beyond their pain. What brings them together is a profound story of tragedy, forgiveness and hope.

Post film discussion with Howard Grace, executive producer


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23 April 6.30 pm

A documentary depicting the healing and reconciliation that took place between mortal enemies after the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Mureithi films the emotional gathering of 10 perpetrators and 10 survivors of the genocide as they participate in a three-day workshop involving a dialogue about forgiveness and reconciliation.

Post film discussion with Laura Shipler Chico


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30 April 6.30 pm

The extraordinary story of three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. Using a sack load of ingenuity and sass, our pint-sized protagonists set off through the endless horizons of Africa in pursuit of an unlikely dream. Through them, we encounter an Africa few people ever get to see, and experience the joy, laughter and hope - ‘the ubuntu’ - that comes from making an incredible journey together.

Post-film discussion with Debs Patterson, Director

Exhibition opening times

Open: Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10 am – 1 pm
Closed: Bank Holiday Monday - 5 May
Last day: on 8 May the exhibition will close at 5pm for the dismantling to begin