The University of Iowa

Nov. 11 talk will focus on the personal documentaries of two survivors of the Rwandan genocide

November 4th, 2013

Rwanda Genocide
For two survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the possibility to bear witness relied on their mutual ability to take a camera, to shoot back, and edit an unprecedented representation of themselves as witnesses and survivors.

Alexandre Dauge-Roth of Bates College will present “Auto-Documenting the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda: The Testimonial Encounter within the Cinema of Me” on Monday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. This event is free and open to the public. See the event poster

This talk will focus on the first-person documentaries of Gilbert Ndahayo "Beyond the Deadly Pit" and Daddy De Maximo's "By the Shortcut" to explore the voices of survivors within the judicial process known as Gacaca and the writing of history within the national reunification process.

Alexandre Dauge-Roth is associate professor of French and Francophone Studies at Bates College, Maine. His scholarship and teaching investigate the social tensions between personal memory and collective trauma through testimonial literature, cinema, and documentaries. He published Writing and Filming the Genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda: Dismembering and Remembering Traumatic History in 2010.

This event is sponsored by the Department of English; Department of French & Italian; Division of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures; African Studies Program; Department of History; UI Center for Human Rights; European Studies Group; International Programs; and the Circulating Cultures Working Group in the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies.

For more information, contact Marie Kruger at or 319-335-3121.