Film Screening & Author Talk: I'm Not Leaving | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Film Screening & Author Talk: I'm Not Leaving

Presented by Maryland Hall
January 31st
7:30 PM

Film Screening & Author Talk with Carl Wilkens, Author of "I'm Not Leaving" & Founder of World Outside My Shoes

Presented by Maryland Hall & Connect Rwanda
In Partnership with St. Anne's School of Annapolis

In the Bowen Theatre


Join us for an inspiring evening of film and conversation about recovery and resilience with Carl Wilkens. 

When the 1994 Rwandan genocide broke out, Carl Wilkens was the only American who refused to leave the country. In 2011, Carl completed a book detailing these days titled "I’m Not Leaving." A 40 minute documentary by the same title was later released. This event includes a screening of the film followed by a discussion. 

Carl’s storytelling does not stop with Rwanda’s tragic history, but moves forward to the powerful and inspiring recovery process. Among the many lessons he shares from his experience is the transformative belief that we don’t have to be defined by what we lost or our worst choices. We can be defined by what we do with what remains – what we do next after terrible choices.


This harrowing, yet hopeful, documentary weaves together a story of tremendous risk and fierce compassion, in the face of one of the most violent moments of the 20th century. He was the only American who chose to stay in Kigali, Rwanda throughout the 1994 genocide. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. Working with Rwandan colleagues, they helped save the lives of hundreds. 

FOLLOWED BY "Finding the Good - Rwanda’s Pathways Back to Trust"

After the screening, Carl Wilkens will share about recent visits to Rwanda as well his personal stories from the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The “firing” of new brain pathways and our ability to reframe the “other” are some of the powerful tools and practices he has learned from survivors, perpetrators, and his own journey.


World Outside My Shoes is a non-profit educational and professional development organization committed to inspiring and equipping people to enter the world of “The Other.” The Other may be under our own roof or on the other side of the globe. The organization was founded by Wilkens.



This screening is part of our Courage & Community series of programming in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide.

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