Probably the best documentary about the Rwandan genocide.
UN once again failed--it sucks leader of troops who was inexperienced I've seen a few other documentaries that talked about the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s. Among them, the best seems to be "Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda". It is very thorough, very unflinching and ugly. It is NOT a film to let young kids see, though seeing it along with older kids is a great idea--so you can talk about the horrible things they'll see and learn in the film.
"Ghosts of Rwanda" is a chronological look at Rwanda. Starting in 1993, you see the progression from a civil war to a mass extermination--resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths. In addition to chronicling what happened to the Tutsi minority, it also shows the pathetic reaction within the international community. First, the UN, as usual, showed themselves to be worthless--absolutely worthless. As usual, they seemed more concerned with preventing regime change and making no waves. Second, the US and the rest of the 'civilized world'--who knew what was happening but didn't intervene because what happened to 'those people' wasn't in our best interests. The hypocrisy about this and interventions made in OTHER countries is something to think about. Too many times, you hear interviews with government officials who either said they were powerless to help since higher ups in government had tied their hands or higher government officials saying they 'didn't know'--even though the killings lasted for months. A very thought-provoking film--and one you can't help but see without feeling a bit sick. Very well made and blunt--it doesn't hold back or pull any punches.
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