Local movies that commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi are set for a special screening at the Kwetu Film Institute in Kigali.
The screenings will take place today (Friday, April 7), which marks the start of the Genocide Commemoration Week. The last film will be screened on April 13 at the same venue.
On the first day, three short films about the Genocide will be shown; Visit To Kigali Genocide Memorial, A Letter To My Mother, and Intore: The Making Of/Director’s Commentary. The last film takes us behind the scenes of the making of Intore; The Movie, and features commentary from the Director Eric Kabera, the founder of Kwetu Film Institute and Chairman of the Rwanda Film Festival (RFF).
On April 9, two films will be screened; Intore, and Reflection On Genocide Commemoration/Shoa Foundation Short Documentary.
In Intore, Kabera examines how the country overcame its tragic past by regaining its identity through music, dance, and the resilience of a new generation. It was released in July 2014.
Another two films; Love Letter To My Country, and 100 Days will be screened on April 12th. Released in 2001, 100 Days was the first feature film to be made about the 1994 Genocide. Shot on location at some of the key sites where the genocide occurred, the film traces the steps of a young Tutsi refugee girl and her desperate efforts to elude the killers’ death squads. Its title, 100 Days depicts the length of time that the genocide took, beginning on April 6th.
Schindler’s List will be screened on the final day of the screening, April 13th.
The film tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German humanitarian hero who saved the lives of over 1,000 Jews from the Jewish Holocaust during the Second World War. The film is directed and produced by Steven Spielberg.
More Genocide commemoration films will be showing at Kigali Serena Hotel starting tomorrow.
Entrance fee to the screenings is Rwf3.000 for adults, with proceeds going to support Genocide survivors. This year, Rwanda marks the 23rd anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi under the theme “Remember the Genocide against the Tutsi – Fight Genocide Ideology – Build on Our Progress”.