To examine something as horrible as genocide on the macro level requires a massive volume to do it any justice. Saving that, it's only in the individual experiences on the ground that one can hope to begin to understand how such things are perpetrated. When we meet a young man named Deogratias months after the Rwandan genocide he is wide-eyed, filthy, and an alcoholic. What brought him to his sad state? His face, his mind, and his story are an abyss, but one we may yet learn from. Will you look into it?
How do you and your collaborators utterly and irrevocably change an art form? How do you breathe new life into something familiar to make it shockingly new? Well, for starters you need to be as distinctly gifted in your craft as Bertol Brecht and Kurt Weill. The rest of the equation lies within the pages of Pamela Katz's fascinating book.
The longest, most exhausting, most grueling, and most enviable job in the television industry is that of showrunner. In addition to overseeing every department (and often creating and leading the writing of the show) the showrunner guides the show thematically and narratively all the while ensuring it all runs on scheduling. Featuring such industry vets like Joss Whedon and Terence Winter this is a fascinating insight into the creation of the shows we so love deeply and vociferously consume.