As Rwandans mark the 24th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi, starting today, Kwetu Film Institute will be screening Genocide-related movies, it has said.
The movies will be screened from April 9-14 at the Kigali Serena Hotel, starting 6:30p.m.
After each screening, there will be a discussion with film director and producer Eric Kabera as well as local comedian Diogenes Ntarindwa, aka Atom.
Following are some of the movies lined up:
The film is a dramatisation of events that happened during the Genocide against the Tutsi. The title of the film is a direct reference to the length of time that passed from the beginning of the Genocide, on April 6 through July 3, when it was brought to a halt by the Rwanda Patriotic Front.
It was the first feature film made about the Genocide and focuses on the life of a young refugee Tutsi girl and her attempts to find safety as killings raged. It was shot at locations where the Genocide occurred.
A story of triumph, survival, hope, and a lesson in how to forgive and live, through the eyes of a mother whose grief gives hope and a lesson in how to forgive and live; an artist who chose to forgive rather than seek revenge. A group of young men and women whose determination and hard work has given the Rwandan culture a new dimension of identity and celebration. Through these characters and others, we bear witness to how the nation rose above the ashes of the Genocide to become a world model of post-conflict peace and unity.
In April 1994, on a quiet road in Kigali a group of neighbours in Rwanda were filmed. This was the opening of the Genocide, and even though more than one million people were slaughtered, remarkably there is only one known segment of footage showing any actual killing. This movie is about the extraordinary journey of that evidence as the original photographer returns to Rwanda, revisiting the people and the events he by chance caught on film. As the footage returns to the community, friends and family relive the tragic events as they work with the photographer to identify the victims, and then eventually the killers.
Through My Eyes
Through My Eyes follows the Rwandan youth who use arts to help move the country forward ten years after the genocide. By expressing themselves through dance, poetry, music and painting, the teens, many of whom lost parents and family members during the Genocide are able to deal with the emotional and physical trauma they endured. By focusing on what they can accomplish by working together in creative endeavours, the youth of Rwanda prove that art can not only benefit those around them but ensure future generations have a bright future.
Keepers of Memory
Through eyewitness accounts and gripping footage, director Eric Kabera takes the viewer on an emotional journey into the Genocide, its survivors, and the memorials created in the victims’ honour. The film focuses on the personal accounts of men and women who watch over the sacred burial sites keeping the memories alive for future generations. They tell a tale of unimaginable pain and loss that is both inspirational and thought provoking as they bravely face the future and rebuild their lives.