What began as a fourth year University of Windsor Communications Studies
project evolved into an inspirational documentary worthy for submission to
the World Film Festival.
Jenny Yu, a Chinese international student double majoring in
Communications Studies and Visual Arts, directed an inspirational
documentary about overcoming one of the most gruesome human tragedies in
history, the genocide in Rwanda.
“Before this project, I had no idea that in 1994 genocide took place in
Rwanda but after this I learned a lot of things,” said Jenny, Director of
Rwandan Survivors. “I learned that we are all people with more
similarities than differences and that war is never a solution to any
conflict or problem.”
Jenny and her film crew, consisting of a producer, an editor and a camera
operator embarked on the topic of war and genocide after one of the crew
members shared the story of a political science Rwandan classmate who is a
survivor of the genocide.
“I never expected the documentary to be this big, we had a vision that if
we did a good job then it would make a difference especially in helping
the survivors of genocide.” said Jenny Yu.
“We wanted to promote the message that there are people who experienced
war and they are around us like the person sitting next to you in a
classroom as we have discovered,” explained Jenny.
This encounter of Rwandan genocide survivors living in Windsor propelled
Jenny’s need to raise awareness of the Rwandan community rebuilding their
lives in Windsor. Since the completion of the documentary, Jenny was
compelled to promote peace.
Perhaps the road to human harmony is through relating to people of all
cultural backgrounds, as Jenny discovered.
“One of the most important lessons I learned at the University of Windsor
is how to accept cultural diversity and how to fit into these different
communities,” said Jenny.
This model student had a very busy four years at the University of
Windsor. Among Jenny’s accomplishments was the University of Windsor’s
Bill Eansor Award for demonstrating leadership ability and active
involvement in community and school life. How active was she?
Jenny worked part-time as a graphic artist, sold one of her paintings for
$300 and was a DJ and art director for The WorkSteadySoundSystem, a sound
system for events hosted by the University. Jenny also maximized her
academic experience by working as a Teaching Assistant for first year
Communications Studies classes and English Language Improvement Program
“Windsor widened my whole vision of how many possibilities life can offer
and to never give up,” said Jenny. “I am a very optimistic person and
Windsor helped me in maintaining my positive outlook and to have faith in
Jenny has recently graduated from the University of Windsor and her range
of skill-sets has now landed her a one year post-graduation position with
the University of Windsor's own International Outreach team. One of her
first duties will be to organize international alumni so they can stay
connected to their alma mater.
“My parents are very proud of me and it is the best feeling in the world,”