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Sometimes in April (2005)

TV Movie  |  TV-MA  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  19 March 2005 (USA)
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Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide.

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Augustin
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Jeanne
Pamela Nomvete ...
Martine
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Honoré
Fraser James ...
Xavier
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ...
Colonel Bagosora
Cleophas Kabasita ...
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Prudence Bushnell
Peninah Abatoni ...
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Ashani Alles ...
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Hope Azeda ...
Brigitte
Théogène Barasa ...
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Dan Barlow ...
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Johannes Bausch ...
UN Officer #1
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Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide.

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Jeanne: It's happening, isn't it?
[Looks silently at an equally silent Augustin before angrily returning to preparing dinner]
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Augustin: I'm in the military. This is our home.
Jeanne: Yes, but tell me: how can I call this home when I'm living in constant fear, Augustin? I already lost most of my family in '92. There's only us now.
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Powerful, but wanting.
19 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I became interested in the Rwanda genocide after viewing PBS's broadcast "Ghosts of Rwanda" (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts/) and reading Lt. Gen. Roméo Dallaire's book "Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda". Both (particularly Dallaire's work) effected me so deeply that I was pleased when first "Sometimes in April" and later "Hotel Rwanda" came to the screen, so that the Rwanda tragedy would achieve greater attention. But I am still waiting for a definitive screen presentation of the genocide, one that shows its full evil, one that allows no one responsible to escape, one that underlines heroism in a season in hell, and one that scars the viewer so greatly the the phrase "never again" has true meaning.

"Sometimes in April" is laudable in that the genocide is depicted in individual human terms. It allows us to know both victims and predators. But it fails in explaining how very human characters became murderers. And it glides over the complicity of the French, the failure of the UN to support its mission, and the failure of the West (not just the US) to intervene.

I recommend this movie as a starting point. I found it far more poignant than "Hotel Rwanda". But I am still waiting for movie justice to be done to this tragedy.


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