Taylor Krauss, 29 years-old, is an American independent video journalist who has worked for many news organisations, such as the Associated Press, BBC, PBS, CNN and HBO. An Emmy award nominee for best producer, Krauss has worked on films focusing on the upholding of human rights, dealing with different topics, such as refugees, the right to health, illegal immigration, rape, the trafficking of human beings and the genocide in Darfur.
In 2009 he won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for the work carried out in Congo. Taylor Krauss graduated in Film Studies at the prestigious Yale University in 2002 and is currently the Executive Director of “Voices of Rwanda”, a non-profit organisation which has the aim of collecting the testimonies of the Rwandese for the purposes of research on the genocide.
The very first time that Taylor visited Rwanda, he was only 24. “Armed” with a simple camera, he wanted to understand how it was possible that such a major humanitarian catastrophe happened in this country. When Taylor arrived in Rwanda in 2004, great progress had been made with reconciliation, in a nation that only a few years earlier had witnessed the death of about 800,000 people in the bloody war between Tutsi and Hutu.
By collecting the testimonies of many inhabitants of the place who told of the difficulties that survivors had in living with the traumas of the genocide, he understand that the road ahead is still a very long one. Taylor Krauss has founded Voices of Rwanda to create a number of filmed testimonies to be shown across the world for educational and research purposes and to preserve the future generations of Rwanda from the threat of a new genocide.