Documentary film, Pain and Peace, features testimony from the community of Tops Supermarket tragedy. The May 14th special screening serves as tribute and tool for healing.

The Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc. is pleased to be a sponsor of the film screening event.

For media inquiries, interview requests, or information on the premiere, contact:

Jessica Carso Bhuiyan, [email protected]

Co-Executive Producer, Pain and Peace Executive Director, World Without Hate

April 22, 2024: World Without Hate, in partnership with Garnell Whitfield Jr., son of Ruth Whitfield, the oldest victim in the Tops supermarket shooting, and former fire commissioner of the Buffalo Fire Department, is honored to host the screening of its feature-length documentary, Pain and Peace, on the second anniversary of the Tops Supermarket tragedy.

A survivor of a brutal 9/11 hate crime, Rais Bhuiyan, channeled his pain into a purposeful mission – striving to make a difference through the transformative power of empathy, understanding, forgiveness, and storytelling. The founder of World Without Hate, Rais lends his voice and experiences in a new documentary, Pain and Peace, a film captivating audiences with compelling narratives from survivors, including several subjects from the Tops Supermarket community.

Produced by Rais Bhuiyan and directed by Mark Feijó, Pain and Peace is not just a film, it’s an emotional journey delving deep into the human experience, shedding light on stories of pain, survival, and the incredible power of healing and forgiveness. Through a masterful blend of cinematic artistry and profound narratives, this documentary explores the underlying causes of hate and the depths of forgiveness, unveiling stories of hope and healing, offering inspiration in the face of tragedy. In addition to those interviewed from the Tops supermarket tragedy, other profiles include victims and perpetrators of hate-fueled violence, unveiling a profound exploration of human resilience.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, May 14

Time: Door opens at 6 p.m., screening starts at 6:30 p.m., panel discussion to follow

Location: North Park Theatre, 1428 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216

RSVP: Via Eventbrite (the screening is free, reservations required)

Film Trailer: https://vimeo.com/803743217

Dr. LaVonne Ansari, PhD, chief executive officer and executive director, of the Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc., is one of several people from across North America who is featured in the documentary to share their personal and powerful story.

This special event promises to be an immersive experience, featuring the documentary film screening and followed by an engaging discussion with the director, producer, human rights advocate, and individuals whose stories are featured in the film.

As we mark this heartbreaking anniversary, we also recognize the importance of coming together to remember the lives lost, to honor the survivors, and reflect on the resilience of the community. Pain and Peace offers a deeply personal exploration of the journey toward healing, reconciliation, and forgiveness in the aftermath of life altering pain. The goal of this event is to help people understand hate’s impact on a peaceful, loving community, but also how love and humanity triumph over division and chaos. In bringing people together, we can renew our commitment to stand against all forms of intolerance, hate, and violence.

The screening is free to attend; however, space is limited and a reservation is required.

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