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In 1944, Raphael Lemkin invented the word “genocide” and spent his life fighting to have it recognized as an international crime. But when the U.S. finally signs his law – decades after his death – the Rwandan and Bosnian genocides erupt and torment Lemkin in the afterlife. He must weigh his accomplishments against his guilt for deserting his family. If genocide cannot be stopped, how will Lemkin rest?

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highly recommended by the New York Times - The Listings

“The man who invented the word genocide, Raphael Lemkin, turns out to have an unsettled afterlife in the compelling drama by Catherine Filloux. He learns, through visitations by Tutsis and others, that the international law he campaigned for against genocide may not have accomplished anything. John Daggett is impressive as Lemkin …A call to action…”

- Genzlinger, The New York Times

“Catherine Filloux, who has written four plays about the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia, researched her play impeccably but lent her play a dreamlike tone that offsets any dryness or didacticism…this play should haunt, and possibly inspire, much of the audience as well.”

- Alexis Soloski, VILLAGE VOICE



published by University of Hawai'i Press can be purchased here

Eyes of the Heart collects six plays by Catherine Filloux: Silence of God, Selma '65, Mary and Myra, Kidnap Road, Lemkin's House, and Eyes of The Heart. These powerful works take up issues of civil and human rights, genocide, and the determination of women and men to retain their dignity and humanity in times of darkness and violence.

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