Living Ubuntu

Screening of “Worse Than War”

Worse Than War
presented by
IUCC Advocates for Peace & Justice
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu

With his first book, the #1 international bestseller Hitler's Willing Executioners, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen – then a professor of political science at Harvard University – forced the world to re-think some of its most deeply-held beliefs about the Holocaust.  The book inspired an unprecedented worldwide discussion and debate about the role ordinary Germans played in the annihilation of Europe's Jews.

Worse Than War, based on Daniel Jonah Goldhagen's book of the same title, is the first documentary to step back and focus on the general phenomenon of genocide -- offering insights about its dimensions, its patterns and causes, and its tragic role in politics and human affairs.  Goldhagen travels, listens to witnesses, and confronts perpetrators in nine countries around the world, bringing viewers on an unprecedented journey of insight and analysis.

We hope you will join us for this free screening and discussion.  

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.  In advance of that, we have chosen to screen this film that provides a meaningful overview of the genocides in our recent history.  We invite you to join us for this screening as we seek to find it within ourselves to bear witness.  Genocide is ultimately the most extreme form of assault on our humanity that we live with on the planet today.  The horror can feel unbearable.  It is our connection to one another that can sustain us.

“Without a supportive social environment, the bystander usually succumbs to the temptation to look the other way.” Judith Herman

“We need each other to counter the darkness... only within the human community do we dare face the frightening unknown.” – Alexander Lowen

Making the documentary

By the most fundamental measure – the number of people killed –the perpetrators of mass murder since the beginning of the twentieth century have taken the lives of more people than have died in military conflict. So genocide is worse than war...

This is a little-known fact that should be a central focus of international politics, because once you know it, the world, international politics, and what we need to do all begin to look substantially different from how they are typically conceived.

-- Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of Worse Than War


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  Or call us at (949) 891-2005.


[ PBS - Worse Than War (official website) ]

[ Irvine United Congregational Church ]
[ Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu ]

Saturday, March 12 2011
6:45p refreshments
7:00p screening
9:00p discussion

Irvine United Congregational Church
4915 Alton Parkway
Irvine, California 92604

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