Competition Narrative Features
DIRECTED BY ALRICK BROWN
USA/RWANDA, 2010, 96 MIN
IN ENGLISH AND KINYARWANDAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Inspired by true stories of the Rwandan genocide, KINYARWANDA takes its viewers through that complex time by effectively weaving together six tales of lives that overlap but only slightly intersect, placing emphasis on the struggles of compelling individuals rather than national horror. These stories give a different picture to the events shown in the film of that famous hotel. During the 1994 massacres, mosques became refuges for Christians and Muslims, Hutus and Tutsis. In these places, faced with incomprehensible terrors, Rwandans found ways to rise above religious, tribal, and social differences to care for and protect each other. Made by Rwandans, the film delivers authenticity underlying its thought and power, reminding us of the strengths of goodness, compassion, and the human spirit in even the worst of times. Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award, Sundance 2011.