FILMLAB:A movie that broadens our understanding of the 1994 Genocide

Winner of the 2011 Sundance Audience Award for most Popular International Drama, Kinyarwanda offers a new perspective on the 1994 Genocide. As the conflict between the Hutu and the Tutsi intensified, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi.

Movie: Kinyarwanda
Directed by: Alrick Brown
Cast: Cleophas Kabasiita (Francine), Edourd Bamporiki (Emmanuel) and Cassandra Freeman (Lt. Rose Kabuye)
Reviewer: Martin Bishop
Available at: All local movie stores

Winner of the 2011 Sundance Audience Award for most Popular International Drama, Kinyarwanda offers a new perspective on the 1994 Genocide. As the conflict between the Hutu and the Tutsi intensified, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi.

In the city of Kigali, the imams opened the doors of the Grand Mosque to those fleeing the conflict, making it a place of refuge for Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis. Weaving together six narratives based on the accounts of survivors who sought safety in the Grand Mosque, Kinyarwanda deepens and broadens our understanding of those terrifying events. The acting, quality of the pictures and the voices are way better than those of most movies that have come out of our own Hillywood.

 

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