An Exploration of War, Peace and Healing

RANDOLPH, NJ – The County College of Morris (CCM) Legacy Project will show the documentary, Karl Marx City, at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre on Fri, Nov 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. 

Described by the Village Voice as more than a film, Karl Marx City, co-directed by the award-winning filmmaker Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, “is a fascinating conversation about history itself, the very act of forgetting and the persistence of memory,” according to the Village Voice. The film explores the suicide of Epperlein’s father and the life of her family behind the Iron Curtain.

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A Q&A with Epperlein will follow the screening, which is free and open to the public. To guarantee seating, RSVP to legacy@ccm.edu. The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown.

Shown as part of this year's Legacy Project series focusing on "War, Peace and Healing," Karl Marx City will be the first of three presentations held at the Bickford Theatre. The other two will be offered in the spring. Specific dates are forthcoming.

In March, poet Seema Reza, will introduce the documentary film, We Are Not Done Yet, and then participate in a discussion after the screening.

Directed by Sareen Hairabedian and produced by Jeffrey Wright (Emmy winner for HBO’s Angels in America and two-time Emmy nominee for HBO’s Westworld) and David Holbrooke (HBO’s The Diplomat), the film profiles a group of veterans and active-duty service members as they share their experiences and seek to combat their traumas in a United Service Organizations writing workshop. The project was inspired by the writing workshops for veterans led by poet Reza, chair of Community Building Art Works, a charitable organization that develops arts programs for veterans and their communities.

In April, Eugenie Mukeshimana, a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, will give a lecture on “Surviving Genocide.” She will share her experiences, discuss forces in Rwanda that fomented the genocide, and educate listeners about the dangers of hatred, inflammatory language, violence and the dehumanization of others. 

For additional information on this year’s Legacy Project programs, go to www.ccm.edu/legacy-project/. Specific dates for the spring events also will be announced there.

Over its seven years of existence, the Legacy Project, led by a team of CCM professors and staff members, has presented lectures and programming on a variety of important issues that impact society.

This year’s programming is supported with a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.