FC Rwanda, a film that discusses issues at the heart of reconciliation

FC Rwanda is a 2014 documentary which tells a unique story about reconciliation in relation to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. On March 25, the film by Joris Postema was screened at Goeth institut and at the end; movie goers had picked a lesson or two on social realities about the Genocide that left over one million people dead.

FC Rwanda is a 2014 documentary which tells a unique story about reconciliation in relation to the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. On March 25, the film by Joris Postema was screened at Goeth institut and at the end; movie goers had picked a lesson or two on social realities about the Genocide that left over one million people dead.

The gist of the story is centred on three APR FC players preparing for a match as they struggle to come to terms with their past. The film portrays Rwanda as a success story but poses a question on the issue of reconciliation.

In the film, the enigmatic question is answered by players, a philosopher, journalist, a Rayon fan and former APR chairman- General Alex Kagame. While they share almost similar sentiments about reconciliation, they however advocate for more dialogue and openness to pave way for true reconciliation that will build Rwanda as a whole without any setbacks.

The highlight of the documentary is a scene when Amahoro stadium nearly explodes when APR faces Rayon sports in a very interesting soccer match attended by thousands of soccer fans.

The documentary gave the audience the chance to closely associate with reconciliation challenges and how to go about them.

The movie screening was timely as next month Rwanda will be commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. 

The movie highlights the small differences that divide us as humans basing on stereotypes.  But it also teaches tolerance, acceptance and reconciliation in all aspects of life.

The film is meant to teach, build societal cohesion, togetherness and above all identifying common interests among people.

 

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