Rwanda Film List

Title: HOTEL RWANDA (2005)
Format: DVD, region 1, widescreen (16x9) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, stereo surround.
Language: English or French audio tracks; with optional English, French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Run Time: 122 Min.
Description: The deeply moving true story of a five-star-hotel manager who used his wits and words to save more than 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan conflict.
Genre: Drama

Title: SOMETIMES IN APRIL (2005)
Format: DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital.
Language: In English and Kinyarwanda with French or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Run Time: 140 Min.
Description: Based on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where over the course of 100 days an estimated 800,000 people were killed in a terrifying purge by Hutu nationalists against their Tutsi countrymen.
Genre: Drama

Title: IN RWANDA WE SAY:  THE FAMILY THAT DOES NOT SPEAK, DIES (2004)
Format: VHS
Language: In English, Tutsi and Hutu, with English subtitles.
Run Time: 54 Min.
Description: "Two years [after the Gacaca tribunals] ... close to 16,000 of these [genocide] suspects, still untried, are released across the country. Having confessed to their crimes, and having served the maximum sentence the Gacaca tribunals would eventually impose, perpetrators of appalling crimes are sent home to plow fields and fetch water alongside the people they victimized. IN RWANDA WE SAY ... focuse[s] on the release of one suspect, tracking the effect of his return on a tiny hillside hamlet. While the government’s message of a "united Rwandan family" permeates the language of the community, the imposed co-existence brings forth varying emotions, from numb acceptance to repressed rage. Violence seems to lurk just below the surface"--Container.
Genre: Documentary

Title: GACACA : LIVING TOGETHER AGIAN IN RWANDA? (2002)
Format: VHS
Language: In English, Tutsi and Hutu, with English subtitles.
Run Time: 55 Min.
Description: In 1994, decades of politically motivated ethnic scapegoating culminated in a wholesale slaughter of the Rwanda’s Tutsi minority, along with many Hutu moderates. Today, Rwanda is rebuilding, but its most difficult task is addressing the emotional trauma and fostering reconciliation between the Hutu and Tutsi. This film follows the first steps in one of the world’s boldest experiments in reconciliation: the Gacaca Tribunals. These are a form of citizen-based justice based on ancient traditions of judgement, aimed at unifying this scarred nation.
Genre: Documentary

Title: WAR IN CONGO (2002)
Format: VHS
Language: In English, Italian with English voiceover, and local language(s) with English subtitles.
Run Time: 55 Min.
Description: "... two successive stories about the struggle going on in Congo. First ... a decade of crises: the Tutsi genocide in neighboring Rwanda, the resulting flood of refugees into Congo, the irreparable ecological damage done to Congo’s wildlife, and the depredations against native Congolese and Rwandan refugees by Rwanda Hutu raiders and others. Then ... the town of Shabunda, where a Catholic priest is trying to help his traumatized flock deal with the rape and murder it endures"--Container.
Genre: Documentary

Title: INNOCENCE UNDER SEIGE:  HEALING A SCARRED GENERATION (2002)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and other local language(s) with English voiceover or subtitles; closed captioned.
Run Time: 47 Min.
Description: This documentary travels to Rwanda and Sierra Leone and reveals the impact of armed conflict on modern warfare’s latest target-children. This program reveals what international leaders and volunteers are doing to help war-affected children reclaim their lives.
Genre: Documentary

Title: HOPES ON THE HORIZON (2001)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and French and other local languages with English subtitles.
Run Time: 115 Min.
Description: Chronicles the rise of pro-democracy movements in six African countries during the 1990s: Benin: a peaceful transition from dictatorship to democracy -- Nigeria: a human rights movement challenges the military -- Rwanda: Historians build a platform for dialogue -- Morocco: Women’s rights activists reform the traditional religious family code -- Mozambique: Agricultural cooperatives advocate economic reform and land rights -- South Africa: A township unites to promote quality education.
Genre: Documentary

Title: THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL (1999)
Format: VHS
Language: Closed captioned.
Run Time: 60 Min.
Description: Eight hundred thousand Tutsis were slaughtered by the Hutu majority in Rwanda. As the U.N.’s Genocide Convention--created to make sure genocide would never happen again--marks its 50th anniversary, Frontline examines the role of Britain, France, the U.S. and the U.N. as they ignored the warnings and evidence of impending massacre.
Genre: Documentary

Title: DYING TO TELL THE STORY (1998)
Format: VHS
Language: Closed Captioned
Run Time: 95 Min.
Description: This documentary centers on the life and death of Dan Eldon, a 22 year old Reuters photographer who was stoned to death in Somalia in 1993. His sister Amy interviews other war journalists and travels in their paths, in an attempt to understand the life of a war photographer. Features video footage and still photographs of war zones in Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, South Africa, etc.
Genre: Documentary

Title: CROSSROADS HET KRUISPUNT (1997)
Format: VHS
Language: Multiple languages with English subtitles.
Run Time: 55 Min.
Description: "The location is a crossing of roads leading from Uganda into Tanzania and from Kenya via Rwanda to Zaire. Some years ago, Mama Shillingi started her "hotelli" at the crossroads. She offered food and shelter to truck drivers. Until, in 1994, thousands of dead bodies came floating down the nearby Kagera river. Shortly thereafter, the refugees came across the border. Within a few days, half a million people had settled there. Around a hamlet of four houses, a boom town arose called Benaco"
Genre: Documentary

Title: UNE REPUBLIQUE DEVENUE FOLLE: RWANDA, 1894-1994 (1996)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and French with English subtitles.  
Run Time: 60 Min.
Description: Recounts Rwanda’s history from the 1885 partitioning of Africa which made it a German colony, to Belgian conquest during WWI, the creation of a republic in 1961, and the ultimately catastrophic regime of Habyarimana.
Genre: Documentary

Title: CHRONICLE OF A GENOCIDE FORETOLD (1996)
Format: VHS
Language: In English and French and Kinyarwanda with English voiceover or subtitles.
Run Time: 141 Min.
Description: "In April 1994, the international communicty, including the United States, sat by and watched as 800,000 Tutsi men, women and children were massacred ... Shot over three years ... follows several Rwandans before, during and after the genocide"--Container.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Ghosts of Rwanda (2004)
Format: DVD; NTSC region 1
Language: English dialogue; closed-captioned
Run Time: 116 min.
Description: Through interviews with key government officials, diplomats, soldiers, and survivors, this documentary examines the state-sponsored genocide that occurred in Rwanda in 1994. Explores the reasons why the international community and the United States did not intervene as Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 Tutsis.
Genre: Documentary

Title: Mothers courage: thriving survivors (2005)
Format: DVD
Language: English dialogue
Run Time: 52 min.
Description: Looks at how the Rwandan women following the genocide of 1994. The lead story is that of Athanasie Mukarwego who, following her husband’s assassination, began her fight to survive a three months long collective rape while her four children were being held in the next room.
Genre: Documentary

Title: God sleeps in Rwanda (2004)
Format: DVD
Language: In English and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles.
Run Time: 28 min.
Description: Five women struggle to rebuild their lives and redefine women’s roles in a country torn apart by war.
Genre: Documentary