Iseta postponed, new venue to be announced soon

Due to the recent closure of Ishyo theatre hall, Goethe-Institut’s film screening on Tuesday May 21 was postponed to next Tuesday.
Stars in ISETA - Behind the Roadblock. Net photo.
Stars in ISETA - Behind the Roadblock. Net photo.

Due to the recent closure of Ishyo theatre hall, Goethe-Institut’s film screening on Tuesday May 21 was postponed to next Tuesday.

Peter Stepan, the director of Goethe-Institut, Kigali confirmed earlier reports that the movie was postponed due to the closure of the Kacyiru based theatre hall in the building owned by RSSB, which the German cultural centre was renting with Ishyo Arts Centre.

“Iseta film will be screened on Tuesday May 28 at 6.30 pm and the new location will be announced soon. We regret this decision and thank our public for their understanding,” Stepan said.

Synopsis


ISETA - Behind the Roadblock, is a documentary film by Juena Reina (2008), original English version, 54 minutes.

In April 1994, on a quiet road in Kigali, a group of neighbours was filmed. This was the opening days of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

This movie is about the extraordinary journey of that evidence as the original photographer returns to Rwanda, revisiting the people and events that 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.

The film discovers a witness, a school master who survived because his ethnicity was written wrongly on his ID card as he stood with the killers at the roadblock, helpless; the mother of a victim hiding in the house, just a feet away, waiting endless minutes only to be told her daughter is killed. The brother beaten senseless and lying in the ditch told kindly by his friend, “let me beat you, but I will not kill you,” says the sadist murderers, while his sister dies beside him.

The looter, who removed the doors from the victims houses as they were left to die – and most remarkably, the wife of the killer, who secretly carried two babies through the front line to save them before returning to her murderous husband.

Finally, the search for the killers leads to the local court where on the last day a new arrest brings in the laughing militia leader and killer, caught on camera beating his neighbours to death.

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