Day 9 // March 14, 2013

Today is our last day working on the pieces. There is not much left to do, so only some of our class is in the art room working, while the rest of the class is back in the room starting a final paper on General Dallaire’s book, Shake Hands With The Devil. 

Here are pictures of us touching up the paint and attaching the mirror to the flag piece, and the heart and brain to the radio tower/body piece:

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The last thing we attached was the heart, which in the words of Mrs. O’Keefe, was “perfect” for this project.

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that our History Through Film class is happy and relieved this project is over, but we are also very proud of ourselves for doing such a good job on the pieces and working together so seamlessly, and honored to be included in this exhibit. Some of us plan to attend the exhibition on April 6, and our entire class will travel to Brookdale May to hear Dallaire speak.

To conclude, here is our class with the front sides…

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… and the back sides:

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And shots of both sides together:

flag/church/mirror piece:

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woman/radio tower/body piece:

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Thank you for following our progress! We hope you have enjoyed the experience as much as we have.


Mrs. O’Keefe’s History Through Film Class
Communications High School – Wall, NJ



  1. I have been amazed to see your work in progress and I am excited to see it in person once it is placed on display! Great job!

  2. What amazing pieces! It must be tremendously difficult, emotionally, working on them! It is wonderful that you are continuing to bring attention to Rwanda.

  3. These pieces are inspiring! This generation of young people should not have to experience holocaust again. This project highlights so much creativity. Kudos for channeling your ideas and working together to produce such beautiful art!

  4. When this project began, I bet some of the students had never heard of Rwanda ’94 and “genocide” may have merely been a word on a vocab test. The knowledge they gained in their history class, plus the obvious talent crafted in their art classes, has given them a deeper understanding of the tragedy that was Rwanda. What a great way to educate a talented group of young adults.

  5. After seeing the final pieces, I got chills. The statues are so poignant and symbolic of the tumultuous and devastating time in Rwandan history. Similar to the way this genocide had a lasting and profound impact on Rwanda and its neighboring countries, these statues have made a lasting impression on me. Thank you.

  6. What an amazing project, difficult topic but seems as if you did a great job giving those who were lost a voice. Amazing…

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