Kinyarwanda traces a series of interlinked stories about ordinary people living through the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
Alrick Brown, the director, said: “It’s our belief that as much as it is important to show the statistics and the death and the horror in Rwanda, you prevent these things, and you prevent war, by showing life and love and by humanizing people, as opposed to dehumanizing them and showing seas of faceless bodies.”
About the subject matter he said: “It was just listening to people and hearing their stories, and not asking them about the tragedy. Actually just asking them about what they thought was interesting, and what happened. And they would tell us stories about love in the midst of all this, or forgiveness in the midst of all this, or something really crazy, and as I heard these things I said ‘wow, this is what the world should see,’ because we wanted to focus on the hope and the life. Rwandans are kind of over the genocide, they don’t want to talk about it, the negativity, anymore. They want to move forward.”
Kinyarwanda won the World Cinema Audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and is opening in limited release in the United States on 2nd December.
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