Director: Alrick Brown
Writers: Alrick Brown, Ishmael Ntihabose
Starring: Cassandra Freeman, Edouard Bamporiki, Cleophas Kabasita, Mazimpaka Kennedy, Hadidja Zaninka, Hassan Kabera, Abdallah Uwimana, Marc Gwamaka, Mutsari Jean, Kena Onyenjekwe
“Kinyarwanda” opens up the 1994 genocide in Rwanda to a new level of understanding. Alrick Brown’s movie moves between different sides of the conflict at different age, economic and religious perspectives to provide a broad viewpoint of how it escalated and how it affected everyone in Rwanda.
Brown gives the audience several vignettes, which take place at different stages in the conflict, involving a specific community of characters whose stories all intersect, but most are never aware of how. We meet a teenage girl who is falling in love until her life is turned upside down. We meet a female freedom fighter who tries to advocate tolerance after the fact despite the atrocities she witnessed during the hundred days war. We meet a Muslim priest and a Catholic priest who overcome their prejudices about each other’s beliefs to provide a safe haven for all. We meet a young militia Hutu who hates the Tutsis for more personal reasons than ideological ones.