Geneva Counseling Conference to Kick Off with ‘The Last Survivor’

| October 3, 2011
Counseling Conference in Geneva

Webster University Geneva’s previously announced first Counseling Conference, “Building Bridges: Individuals and Families in Transition,” kicks off later this month with the showing of Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman film The Last Survivor. The film, screened Oct. 19 at 6 p.m., will be followed by a roundtable discussion, moderated by Joe Pirri, and a cocktail reception.

The Last Survivor is a character-based, feature-length documentary that explores the idea of genocide in the 21st century. Its themes of unexpected life transitions are of great relevance to the following two days of the conference.

Following the lives of survivors of four different genocides and mass atrocities – The Holocaust, Rwanda, Darfur, and Congo – the film presents the stories of Survivors and their struggle to make sense of the tragedy by working to educate, motivate and promulgate a civic response to mass atrocity crimes.

Offering real-world examples of Survivors who have become powerful agents of change, The Last Survivor presents a unique opportunity to learn from the lessons and mistakes of our past in order to have lasting social impact on how we act collectively in the face of similar issues today.

The pressingly important stories of four remarkable individuals have relevance to the next two days of the Conference. While many of us have been able to foresee and plan our life transitions this is not always so. When war and natural disasters occur many are unable to foresee the internal and external transitions that dictate their flight and future.


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