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Ghosts of Rwanda (1 Apr. 2004)

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Ghosts of Rwanda marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century... See full synopsis »




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Episode credited cast:
Herself - UN Ambassador
Gromo Alex ...
Himself - UN Humanitarian Team, Kigali
Himself - Head of Peacekeeping, UN
Henry Anyidoho ...
Himself - Deputy UN Cmndr, Rwanda (as Gen Henry Anyudoho)
Brent Beardsley ...
Himself - Military Ass't to Gen. Dellaire (as Maj Brent Beardsley)
Prudence Bushnell ...
Herself - Deputy Ass't Secretary of State for Africa
Willy Claes ...
Himself - Belgian Foreign Minister
Himself (archive footage)
Roméo Dallaire ...
Himself - UN Force Commander, Rwanda (as Gen Roméo Dallaire)
Mark Doyle ...
Himself - BBC World Service
Philippe Gaillard ...
Himself - Red Cross
Ibrahim Gambari ...
Himself - Nigerian UN Ambassador
Katelijne Hermans ...
Herself - Belgian Television
Valentina Iribagiza ...
Herself - Tutsi Schoolgirl
Paul Kagame ...
Himself - Cmdr., Rwandan Patriotic Front (as Gen Paul Kagame)


Ghosts of Rwanda marks the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century... See full synopsis »

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Probably the best documentary about the Rwandan genocide.
4 April 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

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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