More recently, Mali has been plagued by civil war after President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a coup and rebel groups seized the northern part of the country. The rebel groups were ousted in a French-led military intervention earlier this year.
Although the film was made before that conflict broke out and doesn't address those issues, Covitt said centuries of wisdom give Mali the tools to deal with conflicts when they do arise.
“It's amazing how quickly they forgive each other over there,” he said.
Marty O'Gwynn, OCU's vice president for university advancement and external relations, said the screening at OCU came after about a year of conversations between university officials and Covitt.
The film includes valuable lessons on peace and understanding among groups, O'Gwynn said. He hopes it will foster a better understanding of peaceful conflict resolution, he said.
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