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Sometimes in April (2005)

TV-MA | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 19 March 2005
When the Hutu nationalists raised arms against their Tutsi countrymen in Rwanda in April 1994, the violent uprising marked the beginning of one of the darkest times in African history which resulted in the deaths of almost 800,000 people.

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Raoul Peck

Writer:

Raoul Peck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Idris Elba ... Augustin
Carole Karemera Carole Karemera ... Jeanne
Pamela Nomvete ... Martine
Oris Erhuero ... Honoré
Fraser James ... Xavier
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ... Colonel Bagosora
Cleophas Kabasita Cleophas Kabasita ... Valentine (as Cléophas Kabasiita)
Noah Emmerich ... Lionel Quaid
Debra Winger ... Prudence Bushnell
Peninah Abatoni Peninah Abatoni ... Woman Refugee #1
Ashani Alles Ashani Alles ... Prosecutor
Hope Azeda Hope Azeda ... Brigitte
Théogène Barasa Théogène Barasa ... RAF Soldier #1
Dan Barlow Dan Barlow ... Belgian UN Soldier
Johannes Bausch Johannes Bausch ... UN Officer #1
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When the Hutu nationalists raised arms against their Tutsi countrymen in Rwanda in April 1994, the violent uprising marked the beginning of one of the darkest times in African history which resulted in the deaths of almost 800,000 people.

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France | Rwanda | USA

Language:

English | Kinyarwanda

Release Date:

19 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abril Sangrento See more »

Filming Locations:

Kigali, Rwanda See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Based on the actual 1994 Rwanda genocide See more »

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Depictions of U.S. military personnel are highly inaccurate, including the Marine officer wearing Army combat badges (and in the wrong location), as well as a Navy officer in a full beard and mustache. See more »

Quotes

Jeanne: [the night the killing begins. Augustin is preparing the car when Jeanne runs out] Augustin! I can't reach Anne-Marie on the phone!
Augustin: [Hesitates] Keep trying.
[There's desperate banging at the front gate]
Augustin: Who is there?
Xavier: Xavier!
Felicie: [Distraught as she and Xavier rush inside] Augustin, it's terrible! They're shooting everybody! There are dead people in the street!
Xavier: [Shaken] Félicie and I were picking up some food from Nando's restaurant when we heard the explosion! They are going house by house, pulling ...
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Sometimes in April
19 March 2005 | by diggerjohn111See all my reviews

This was one of the most moving films I have ever seen. Didn't have the flash of Hotel Rwanda or Schindler's List, but possibly surpassed them in substance. This is not a film for the squeamish, but a film about genocide shouldn't be if it is to deliver its message with maximum effect. Even 11 years on, we in the West get only glimpses into the happenings of the Rwanda Genocide and even fewer in the Western World even attempt to understand the reasons. In just 100 days, over 1 million Tutsis and Moderate Hutus were killed while the world looked the other way. I think this film demonstrated this very well, while at the same time it showed that there were some (Debra Winger's character) in the West who tried everything to help but could do nothing. It doesn't blame the West for the genocide like an uber-liberal, Michael Mooresque America-bashing festival would, but doesn't forgive the West for letting it happen either (which is more than reasonable). "It was Rwandans killing Rwandans", was the line used by the US Army general in the film to give an excuse as to why nothing was done by the outside world. But I think the most important message in this film was that in the living hell that was Rwanda during the genocide, there were still incredible acts of courage and humanity (the Hutu farm wife who sheltered the Matron and the school girls). An aspect of the film that struck hardest with me was how quickly the spiral of madness and slaughter struck so quickly and so terribly. The interplay between the main characters also showed that many of the people who complied in this most evil of crimes were not monsters out of a horror novel, but regular people who through self-interest or ethnic bigotry became the tools of this remarkable insanity. To sum this up, I gave this movie a 10 out of 10. The reason why I did is because this is a movie that should be seen by all. To paraphrase the motto of the survivors of Hitler's Holocaust, "Never again", Sometimes in April reminds us all that we should keep to that promise.


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