Nominated for three NAACP Image Awards, Kinyarwanda takes audiences through an emotional voyage of fear and forgiveness, love and hate, death and rebirth.
As Rwanda became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. Kinyarwanda is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the Imams who opened their doors to give refuge to the Tutsi and to those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing. The story interweaves different tales together, which form one grand narrative, providing the most complex and real depiction yet presented of life and human resilience during the genocide. With an amalgamation of characters, Kinyarwanda pays homage to many, using the voices of a few.
Roger Ebert gave the film four stars, calling it “a powerful film.” The Village Voice hailed it as being “filled with moments both charming and horrifying, sometimes all at once.”
Kinyarwanda is out on DVD in May.
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