Six locally produced Genocide documentaries will start screening today at Serena Hotel, as part of the 24th commemoration of the Genocide against Tutsi.
The public screening will run today evening at 18hrs 30pm, through April 14th when the official Genocide commemoration week ends.
The documentaries feature Rwandan actors and re-enactment of Genocide scenes. They include: 100 Days, Intore, Iseta, Through My Eyes, Keepers of Memory and We are all Rwandans.
The documentaries ranging between 25minutes and one hour were produced by Kwetu Film Institute which has been at the forefront of developing Rwandan movie industry commonly known as ‘Hillywood’
“Some of these memories, stories of remembrance are kept within the many movies that have been made about the Rwandan tragedy…After each screening there will be a discussion with Film director and producer Eric Kabera and Diogene Ntarindwa,” Kwetu Film Institute said in a statement.
The screening will also be extended to institutions for a private or public screening at their request, according to Kwetu Film Institute.
‘100 Days’: a dramatization of events that happened during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. The title of the film is a direct reference to the length of time that passed from the beginning of the genocide on 6 April until it ended in mid-July 1994.
The film was the first feature film made about the 1994 genocide and focuses on the life of a young, refugee Tutsi girl and her attempts to find safety while the genocide is taking place. It was shot at locations where the Genocide occurred.
Intore: 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 a horrific 1994, to become a world model of post-conflict peace and unity,” reads the statement.
Iseta: 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: follows the Rwanda 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 conflict are able to deal with the emotional and physical trauma they endured.
By focusing on what they can accomplish by working together in creative endeavors, the youth of Rwanda prove that art can not only benefit those around them but ensure future generations have a brighter future.
Keepers of Memory: on eyewitness stories, 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
We are all Rwandans: a true story of the Nyange school students in Rwanda (now Nyange heroes) attacked by rebels in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Their refusal to betray each other cost some of them everything, but gave hope to a nation.