These films on Rwanda’s genocide will leave you horrified and moved to tears

Twenty years ago something horrifying happened that thrust a virtually unknown central African country into the global limelight. As the world solemnly remembers the innocent lives lost in Rwanda during those horrifying three months in 1994, Suchetana Bauri lists 5 must-watch films on this dark period in our history.  


Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Hotel Rwanda is the Schindler’s List of our times. Just like Oskar Schindler, Paul Rusesabagina (Don Cheadle), a hotel manager and a man of conscience risked everything to protect more than a thousand Tutsi refugees from slaughter by the Hutus кредитная карта тинькофф 120 дней. He turned the elegant Hôtel des Mille Collines into a refugee camp. The film leaves us hanging on a thread of hope. At the end of the film you can console yourself that after all is said and done, goodness and decency still glimmer albeit like a tiny light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

Beyond the Gates (2005)

It’s a disturbing narration of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Beyond the Gates was filmed on location using many survivors of the genocide as cast and crew. It packs a hard punch. The movie tackles two unrelated questions: the first is why the West sat back as the catastrophe unfolded and the stony attitude of the United Nations. The other issue which the film addresses is the question of religious and spiritual faith in the face of genocide. What is true faith, and how much horror does it take to erode it?

My Neighbor, My Killer (2009)

My Neighbor My Killer explores the judicial convulsions and the consequent emotional shocks of post-genocide Rwanda. The film documents oral testimonies of a handful of devastated survivors. It is a restrained and ethically nuanced investigation into the open-air tribunals known as gacacas. Gacacas were instituted nationally in 2005 by the Rwandan government. Gacacas are citizen courts, which tried Hutus accused of the 1994 slaughter of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutus. In most cases the guilty were acquitted and returned to the communities they helped annihilate.

Kinyarwanda (2010)

Alrick Brown, the director named the film after one of the official languages of Rwanda. The film’s authenticity, however, is not supported by its uneven acting. The script is based on a story by Ishmael Ntihabose, a Rwandan. The plot uses a broken sequence of events to depict a range of people during the months of the massacre.
The film addresses a little-known aspect of the genocide: that the Mufti of Rwanda, had issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing, thus providing mosques as places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis could expect sanctuary.

Grey Matter (2011)

It employs mise en abyme technique to narrate the story of two siblings who suffer from post-traumatic disorder after the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. The device is used to symbolize the psychological significance of the situation. There is no melodrama, just seething, quiet, forlorn agony. Ruth Shanel Nirere is especially compelling as the resourceful and tough caretaker sister, Justine.

As the film moves through realities and times, we experience both the horrors of 1994 Rwanda and the mark it left on the survivors. The plot has a heart, which lifts the film beyond the narrative tricks it adopts.


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