“Sewing Hope” is a film about Rose Nyirumbe’s dedication to help marginalized women regain their dignity by learning sewing skills to support themselves and their children in Gulu’s St. Monica’s School. While the topic of war, abduction, rape and murder are heavy, the film’s power lies in highlighting the themes of reconciliation, redemption and hope in a community ravaged by strife.
During a panel discussion after the film’s New York screening on September 23, Sister Rosemary said of the former child soldiers, “People have really seen that these girls are not dangerous. They are not murderers. In the beginning it was not easy. […] They do not forgive themselves, that is the biggest struggle. If we can help them forgive, then they can forgive the people who committed atrocities against them.”
Many of the women are illiterate and not fluent in English but their stories are threaded together by the film’s narrator, Academy Award-winner,Forest Whitaker, who Rose Nyirumbe calls a “Fellow Ugandan” for his work in the country and his appearance in the film “The Last King Of Scotland.” Rose also appeared on “The Colbert Report” recently, discussing the relevant issues surrounding her story and the film.
Watch the documentary below, courtesy of SnagFilms: