WXXI Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

For Immediate Release


(Rochester, New York) April 3, 2014 – In January 2013 WXXI’s Hélène Biandudi Hofer traveled to South Sudan to explore the issues of education, diversity, and racism in the war-torn country.  She shares her findings in a full-length documentary that focuses on the unique ties between Rochester and this young African nation. WXXI will host a free screening of Schools for South Sudan followed by a panel discussion moderated by Biandudi Hofer at the Little Theatre on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. The screening is open to the public and seats are first come, first served.

Biandudi Hofer traveled to South Sudan with the local non-profit group, Building Minds in South Sudan (BMISS), to report on the partnership between Rochester and the village of Mayen-Abun.  BMISS raised money to build a school in that village through the support of Rochester area schools, businesses, community groups, rotaries, philanthropists and more. Schools for South Sudan follows this group as they work to fulfill their mission to build a school in this village. The documentary also includes the work of other Rochester-based non-profits on the ground in South Sudan to bring basic and essential needs such as water and health care to the African nation.

After the screening, Biandudi Hofer will be joined by Lost Boys, Sebastian Maroundit and Mathon Noi, co-founders of Building Minds in South Sudan, and Palath Thonchar, founder of South Sudan Village Care Foundation to talk about the project and answer questions from the audience.

WXXI’s Schools for South Sudan was made possible, in part, through financial support from the Rochester Area Community Foundation. To learn more about this project, visit: WXXINews.org and click on Schools for South Sudan.


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