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19 March 2005 (USA) See more »
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Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Not as polished, but more visceral than "Hotel Rwanda" See more (44 total) »

Cast

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Idris Elba ... Augustin
Carole Karemera ... Jeanne
Pamela Nomvete ... Martine

Oris Erhuero ... Honoré

Fraser James ... Xavier
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ... Colonel Bagosora
Cleophas Kabasita ... Valentine (as Cléophas Kabasiita)

Noah Emmerich ... Lionel Quaid

Debra Winger ... Prudence Bushnell
Peninah Abatoni ... Woman Refugee #1
Ashani Alles ... Prosecutor
Hope Azeda ... Brigitte
Théogène Barasa ... RAF Soldier #1
Dan Barlow ... Belgian UN Soldier
Johannes Bausch ... UN Officer #1
Jay Benedict ... Bushnell's Colleague
Andrew Benon ... Father Munanira
Paul Boneza ... RAF Soldier #2
Todd Boyce ... John
Stephen Buckingham ... Judge Arusha
Gloria Bugwiza ... Woman Refugee #2
Charles Bwanika ... DJ Max
Ismael Gueven Byaruhanga ... RAF Soldier #3
Philippe Chanel ... Bushnell's Husband
Tony Curtis ... Jeffrey Patterson
Ronald Fernee ... David Rawson
Bonaventure Gasutwa ... RAF Officer #1
Brian Greene ... 'Hutsi' Journalist
Patty Hannock ... Lawyer
Jeff Harding ... Lt. Colonel #1
Willy Marcel Higiro ... Honoré's Colleague
Ninette Hyringango ... Secretary Radio RTLM
Alexandre Ikuzo Abia ... Marcus
Francis Imbuga ... Priest
Nicholas Jewitt ... Mr. Vilbur (as Nicolas R. Jewitt)
Isabelle Kabano ... Felicie
Kaya Kagimumukasa ... Agathe Uwilingiyimana
Franck Karenzi Semana ... Prosecutor
Chantal Karungi ... Woman Refugee #3
Musa Kasonka Jr. ... Suit #1
Denis Kayonga ... Mathieu
Abubakar Kawenja ... Militia Man #1
Hubert Koundé ... Father Salomon
G. Arnaud Kubwachristo ... Young Guide
Samuel Kyagambida ... Militia Lieutenant
Paul Lambers ... Prosecutor Arusha
Philip Luswata ... RAF Sergeant #1

Aïssa Maïga ... Young Militant
Mike Marshall ... Older Journalist #1
Kintu Martin Oscar ... RAF Officer #2

Peter McRobbie ... Bushnell's Superior
Ian Michie ... White House Spokesman
Assumpta Micho ... Mathilde
Erick Mitchell ... Older Journalist #2
David Mitnik ... UN Soldier #1
Michael Morris ... Older Journalist #3
Philippe Mottin ... Belgian UN Officer
Juliana Muganza ... Anne-Marie's Friend #1
Olivier Muhigirwa ... RPF Sergeant
Robert Muhirwa ... RAF Corporal
Anastasie Mukamusonera ... Old Woman #1
Gaudence Mukarutabana ... Old Woman #2
Palvin Mukulu ... Young RPF Soldier
Nadine Munezero ... Venancia
Jean Bosco Munyanziza ... RAF Soldier #4
Maxence Murara ... Judge
Geoffrey Mutagoma ... 'DJ Max' (voice)
Chantal Mutanguha ... Schoolgirl
John Mutambuka ... RAF Official
Maureen Mutesi ... Anne-Marie's Friend #2
Tega Mutimura ... Anne-Marie's Friend #3
Lyton Namubiru ... Valerie
Abdallah Nassoro ... Albert
Muhumed Ndaguze ... Old Man
Moses Ndahiro ... RAF Sergeant #2
Adam Ndayisabye ... RAF Soldier #5
Ben N'Gabo ... Suit #2
Denis Nsanzamahoro ... Man In The Car
Sonia Ntare ... Victorine
Domenic Ntirushwa ... Gaetan - Valentine's Son
Ramadhan Nzikenera ... Officer Bagosora
Collin Obomalayat ... Stand-In Voice Bagosora
Peter Odeke ... Milita Man #2
Paul Ogaa ... RAF Soldier #6
Kalisa Rugano ... Male Refugee
Michelle Rugema ... Anne-Marie
Grace Rugema ... Man In Panic
Theogene Runaya Murenzi ... RPF Soldier (as Théogène Runuya)
Desiré Rurinda ... RPF Young Soldier's Victim
Albert Rwamihigo ... Young RPF Lieutenant
André Ryumugabe ... Killing Farmer
Jean-Pierre Stewart ... Senior Aid

Tom Tammi ... Lt. Colonel #2
Déborah Uwera ... Anne-Marie's Friend #4
Ester Uwizeye ... Isa
Mulongoyi Wafuma ... RAF Soldier #7
Robert Walker ... UN Officer #2
Joseph Walugembe ... Alphonse
Michael Wawuyo ... RAF Soldier #8
Derek White ... Marchal
Arthur Yuhi Abia ... Yves Andre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Prudence Bushnell ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Bill Clinton ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Juvénal Habyarimana ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brian Williams ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Peck 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Raoul Peck (written by)

Produced by
Kisha Imani Cameron .... associate producer
Daniel Delume .... producer
Raoul Peck .... executive producer
Joel Stillerman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
 
Cinematography by
Eric Guichard 
 
Film Editing by
Jacques Comets 
 
Casting by
Sylvie Brocheré 
Avy Kaufman 
 
Production Design by
Benoît Barouh 
 
Art Direction by
Christophe Couzon 
Dévi Tirouvanziam 
 
Costume Design by
Paule Mangenot 
 
Makeup Department
Nurith Barkan .... key makeup artist
Tunga Bazatoha .... makeup artist
Paul de Fisser .... key hair stylist
Sylvie Greco .... additional makeup artist: Paris
 
Production Management
Nicolas Houlot .... production assistant
Michel Loro .... post-production supervisor
Antonio Rodrigues .... assistant unit manager: Paris
Janet Fries Eckholm .... post-production supervisor: Los Angeles (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicolas Cambois .... first assistant director
Thierry Guézou .... third assistant director: Paris
Steve Jaribu Rukongi .... third assistant director
Achille Rubayi .... third assistant director
Théogéne Runuya .... third assistant director
Desmond Serrette .... third assistant director
Brieuc Vanderswalm .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ariane Audouard .... set dresser: Paris
Francesco Avella .... carpenter: Paris
Ramadhan Butobutoshye .... property buyer assistant
Michel Charvaz .... property master
Muriel Chinal .... prop buyer: Paris
Christophe Couzon .... first assistant decorator
Charles de Dainville .... art department trainee: Paris
Xavier Dontot .... construction manager
Jérémy Duchier .... set dresser (as Jérémie Duchier)
Denis Duncas .... set decorating runner: Paris
Michel Escande .... head carpenter
Christian Giordano .... head carpenter: Paris
Madjaliwa Hakizimana .... set dresser assistant
Jean De La Paix Hategekimana .... painter
Christophe Hervé .... head painter
Colina Iannolo .... upholsterer: Paris
Leromain Isabelle .... lead man: Paris
Gaël Langlais .... set decorator assistant: Paris
Erwan Leroux .... head painter: Paris
Jean Sébastien Libakare .... prop assistant
Michel Mahieu .... set decorating runner: Paris
Haruna Masumbuko .... property buyer assistant
Pascal Mugiraneza .... prop assistant
Jean-Marie N'Kaka .... property buyer assistant
Jennifer Alex Nickason .... additional set dresser: Paris
Véronique Ognar .... art department trainee: Paris
Alfred Rwigamba .... set dresser assistant
Yohann Saura .... set decorating runner: Paris
Ismael Sejemba .... property buyer assistant
Dévi Tirouvanziam .... art department first assistant
Laetitia Umulisa .... art department secretary
Pascal Vignier .... prop buyer
Denis Villand .... carpenter: Paris
Guillaume Zolnierowski .... prop assistant
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Acbard .... boom operator
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Germain Boulay .... sound editor
Mathieu Descamps .... trainee adr foley recordist
Eric Devulder .... sound
Assia Dnednia .... assistant foley artist (as Assia Zipper)
Rodolphe Duhamel .... machine room operator
Julien Exposito .... adr editor
Vincent Guillon .... sound editor
Jean-Pierre Houël .... boom operator
Vincent Leguay .... machine room operator
Fred Mays .... adr editor
Régis Muller .... assistant sound editor
Jeanne Oberson .... dialog editor
Michaël Phelippeau .... assistant sound editor
Serge Rouquairol .... adr editor
Len Schmitz .... sound mixer: Washington D.C.
Florian Thiebaux .... machine room operator
Stéphane Thiébaut .... sound re-recording mixer
Pascal Vonhatten .... machine room operator (as Pascal Von Hatten)
Waldir Xavier .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Clément Bagot .... special effects technician
Michel Bwami .... special effects assistant
Stéphane Chauvet .... special effects technician
Virginie Molin .... special effects technician
Pascal Molina .... special effects supervisor
Perrine Poirier .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Adrien Borzakian .... digital artist
Nicolas David .... visual effects
Berengere Dominguez .... visual effects coordinator
Christian Rajaud .... visual effects
Bruno Sommier .... graphic artist
Jean-Francois Theault .... digital compositor
Jean-Francois Theault .... graphic artist
François Vagnon .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Louis-Marie Nyee .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stéphane Afchain .... best boy grip
Roger Arpajou .... still photographer
Stéphane Assié .... gaffer: Paris
Philippe Bessy .... crane operator
Rhett Bloomquist .... grip: Washington D.C.
Michel Boissy .... additional electrician: Paris
Christophe Coic .... additional electrician: Paris
Nasr Djepa .... focus puller
Alain Dreze .... additional grip: Paris
Aurélien Dubois .... electrician
Jason Foster .... second assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Jean-Pierre Garbin .... additional electrician: Paris
Valens Habarugira .... grip
Matthew Hagnery .... focus puller
André Haidant .... key grip
Gérard Haidant .... grip: Paris
David Insley .... director of photography: second unit
Landry Jourdan .... generator operator
John Kimmer .... grip: Washington D.C.
Jason Krebs .... first assistant camera: Washington D.C.
Mathieu Le Bothlan .... second assistant camera
Benoit Le Petit .... grip
Léo Mac Dougall .... director of photography: second unit
Francis Marti .... electrician
Alain Martigny .... electrician
Frédéric Menut .... additional electrician: Paris
Luc Pallet .... first assistant camera: additional unit
Julien Richez .... grip: Paris
Jean-Baptise Rwimira .... grip
Elliot Sewape .... gaffer
Herbert Sugira .... video assist
Christian Vicq .... gaffer
Jerôme Vimard .... generator operator: Paris
 
Casting Department
Nathalie Daniel .... extras casting: Paris
Jessica Daniels .... casting associate
Bruno Delahaye .... casting associate: Rwanda
Iza Irame .... extras casting assistant
Charles Kabano .... extras casting assistant
Claude Gilbert Kamba .... casting assistant
Valérie Le Doze .... casting assistant
Jenny Mahoro .... extras casting assistant
Jacques Rutabingwa .... extras casting assistant
Simon Rwema .... extras casting assistant
Steve Rwema .... casting assistant
Sande Sengi .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Camilla Delory .... wardrobe assistant: Paris
Claire Gascon .... wardrobe assistant: Paris
Nadège Gaubour .... wardrobe assistant
Géraldine Mangenot .... wardrobe assistant
Tina Morel .... wardrobe assistant: Paris
 
Editorial Department
Philippe Capelle .... color timer
Pauline Gaillard .... assistant editor
Jean-Marc Grégois .... color timer
Fabien Perniceni .... editing supporter
Kathy Thomson .... final color timer
 
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music supervisor
Bruno Coulais .... orchestrator
Asen Kanchev .... music production manager
Maxime Lefevre .... music mixer
Didier Lizé .... music mixer
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
Slim Pezin .... score supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Eugène Dukuse .... transportation assistant
Renaud Santos Moro .... transportation captain
Gilbert Young .... transportation coordinator: Washington D.C.
 
Other crew
Hope Azeda .... acting coach
Dominique Bandet .... production secretary
Mike Barnes .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Marie Barré .... location scout
Naoufel Ben Youssef .... unit location manager
Fabien Blondot .... assistant location manager: Paris
Olivia Bruynoghe .... script supervisor
Jen Burns .... assistant: Joel Stillerman
Marc Faye .... location scout
Landry Jourdan .... groupman
Catherine Julien .... production accountant
Aude Lemercier .... location scout: Paris
Michèle Lemoine .... assistant: Raoul Peck
Anne-Claire Loridant .... assistant location manager: Paris
Clémence Léger .... assistant location manager: Paris
Jenny Marchandeau .... production accountant
Julien Mariot .... assistant location manager: Paris
Joseph Martin .... location manager: Washington D.C.
Olivier Martin .... assistant unit location manager
Isabelle Mascolo .... location scout: Paris (as Isabelle De Mascolo)
Laure Monrréal .... extras coordinator
Diogène Ntarindwa .... acting coach
Delphine Prothais .... office production assistant: Paris
Lara Sargent .... production accountant: UK
Malcolm Serrette .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Nicolas Sislian .... armorer
Rebecca Thornell .... script clearance
Karen Tyrell .... publicist
Archange Uwantege .... production accountant
Drew Vandervelde .... production coordinator: Washington D.C.
Natasha Williams .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Jody Yeager .... pre-production accountant: US
Jonathan Zurer .... producer: Washington D.C.
 
Thanks
Paul Kagame .... special thanks
 

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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Not as polished, but more visceral than "Hotel Rwanda", 21 May 2005
Author: anhedonia from Planet Earth

I knew absolutely nothing about this movie when I sat down to watch it. And, I'm ashamed to say, I knew nothing about Haitian writer-director Raoul Peck's work, either.

In many ways, "Sometimes in April" perfectly complements "Hotel Rwanda." Augustin Muganza (Idris Elba), Peck's fictional protagonist, winds up seeking refuge in the swank Kigali hotel managed by Paul Rusesabagina. Of course, Peck's actors - Elba, Carole Karemera, Pamela Nomvete, Oris Erhuero, Fraser James et al - aren't as polished as Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo and Nick Nolte, and his writing isn't as crisp as Terry George and Keir Pearson's script. But Peck's movie still packs a hefty punch, thanks to honest performances and some wrenching moments reminiscent of "The Killing Fields" (1984) and "Schindler's List" (1993).

Unlike George's Oscar-nominated movie, "Sometimes in April" doesn't tell just one person's story in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. It revolves around a few - Augustin, a moderate Hutu military officer; his brother, Honore, a radical preaching hatred against Tutsis and moderate Hutus on the radio; and Martine, Augustin's fiancée dealing with her own nightmares. Peck also delves into the aftermath of the genocide and the International Criminal Tribunal in Tanzania.

The trials against the war criminals serves as bookends for Peck's plot. It's not a novel device using flashbacks to tell the story. It serves the film, though it's one of the unpolished qualities about Peck's movie. On the other hand, it speaks to the importance of bringing those thugs to justice and also of the survivors' need to tell the world what happened and moving on with their lives.

The performances, for the most part, are rough and raw. That works to the film's advantage. Peck's dialogue isn't exactly crisp. In fact, it seems stilted, at times. But because I didn't know any of the actors by name, their performances held a certain kind of honesty. I was somehow more drawn into their stories than I would have been had, say, their roles been played by better known Americans or Britons.

There are two familiar, recognizable faces - Debra Winger as Assistant Secretary of State Prudence Bushnell and Toby Emmerich as a U.S. military man, both frustrated at being unable to convince their superiors that the United States should get involved to stop the massacres.

Peck gives us a more vivid picture of the slaughter than George did. Peck shows us the huge scale of the massacre. The scenes unsettle us, make us shudder. We see how otherwise considerate, rational people, such as priests, were placed in a horrible bind when faced with possibly giving up some of the children in their care to save others.

Contrary to what some might say, Peck's film isn't anti-American. It's appalling that western nations sat idly by and let these horrific crimes take place and Peck rightly indicts them for their apathy. What Peck does is capture the United States' reluctance to help stop the massacres because the Clinton administration feared another Mogadishu. Let's face it, the American media and government cared little about what was happening because it was happening in Africa and it's a continent the U.S. cares little about. American media was keener on covering Kurt Cobain than the slaughter of tens of thousands of Africans. Even today, the media and public care more about a pop star's trial and a cute, young white bride getting cold feet than another genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.

But it's tough to tag Peck as anti-American when he uses real footage of a State Department news conference where the spokeswoman tries to convince the press corps that although there have been "acts of genocide" committed in Rwanda, what was happening wasn't exactly "genocide." The absurdity of the government's argument, the Clinton administration's parsing of words as it tried to weasel out of committing troops to stop what was clearly genocide, is clearly illustrated when a reporter asks, "How many acts of genocide does it take to have a genocide?" The spokeswoman answer is a marvel in government-speak.

True, Peck has the luxury of hindsight to put words into characters' mouths. One Rwandan military official opines the U.S. won't intervene because there's no oil at stake and, later, Emmerich's character predicts what Clinton would do years later. Of course, Clinton apologized later for not intervening to stop the genocide, though it was of no help to those who lost everything. Maybe some day, George W. Bush will apologize to the world and Iraqis for waging an unjust war to prove his mettle and getting absolutely everything wrong leading up to and after the invasion. Yeah, right.

Peck is correct to attack the United States' apathy toward what happened in Rwanda. We can't insist on being the beacon of freedom and democracy to the world and then turn our backs when hundreds of thousands of innocent men, women and children were being slaughtered. However, Peck doesn't limit his scathing attacks to the U.S. He also criticizes France for its complicity. We see the Rwandan military praising France for providing weapons and, later, we see how the French helped get war criminals out of Rwanda.

"Sometimes in April" could have been more polished. And Peck could have paced his story a bit faster. But those are minor quibbles. Like "Hotel Rwanda," this is a movie that must be seen, if not to see what happened 11 years ago, then to find out how the world's most powerful nations disgraced themselves by doing nothing while 800,000 innocent men, women and children were brutally slaughtered in a mere 100 days.

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