WBBM’s radio host Felicia Middlebrooks’ Rwandan genocide doc premieres at New York Film Festival

WBBM news radio host Felicia Middlebrooks premiered her debut documentary, “Somebody’s Child: The Redemption of Rwanda,” in the recent New York International Independent Film & Video Festival.

Middlebrooks and the crew from her Saltshaker Productions traveled with the World Relief agency to Rwanda in spring 2004 for the 10th anniversary of the genocide there.

“We filmed the skulls of babies that had been cracked open, dried blood left on the walls, everything left as it was so we would never forget,” she said.

“We witnessed bodies being exhumed and reburied as people were coming clean with stories of the genocide. People would show us the scars on their bodies. Everyone wanted to know, ?why did America forget us?’ It was so psychologically riveting that we’d take the bus ride back to the hotel at night and nobody would say a word.”

Ugandan first lady Janet Museveni invited Middlebrooks to Rwanda after the two had met at a Hands of Hope international aid conference that Middlebrooks had hosted.

Middlebrooks is self-financing the $125,000 budget, along with personal donations and an investment from the Total Living Network.

She aims “Somebody’s Child” for the festival circuit, then educational as well as theatrical and broadcast markets.