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In Rwanda We Say... The Family That Does Not Speak Dies (2009)

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Important documentary that could have used more running time.
22 May 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Powerful documentary examining the return home of many of the killers in the Rwandan genocide, when the government released those who pled guilty and repented, as per Rwandan custom.

The mixed feelings the victims bear at the return of these men is fascinating and complex, and the stories of their slaughters are chilling.

But at 54 minutes it feels too short to fully explore and understand all the complexities of both the emotions and the traditions that led to this extraordinary experiment in public forgiveness of unforgivable crimes.

Still, It's very much a film worth seeking out, as are the other three documentaries Ms. Agion has made on Rwanda; 'Gacaca' , Notebooks of Memory' and 'My Neighbor, My Killer', all of which continue her exploration of the issue from various angles, and covers some of what feels a bit rushed through here.

Sadly, the films are generally not available for rent or purchase, except at a very high 'institutional' cost. But they have shown on the Sundance Channel, and at various festivals and educational screenings, so they're worth keeping an eye out for.


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