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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Augustin
Carole Karemera ... Jeanne
... Martine
... Honoré
... Xavier
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ... Colonel Bagosora
Cleophas Kabasita ... Valentine (as Cléophas Kabasiita)
... Lionel Quaid
... 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
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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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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 »

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Valentine: [Answering his question about the defendant] Yes. I knew that he was a leader of the municipality. I felt that he could have protected us, but he did nothing.
Judge Arusha: Did the defendant ever personally participate in the rapes?
Valentine: I never saw him rape anybody... but he didn't protect us. He would tell the Interahamwe: Don't ever ask me again how a Tutsi woman tastes! He was a coach encouraging his players. I heard him say, and these were his exact words, "Tomorrow they will be killed"...! The next day, on ...
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Written by Belobi Nge Ekerne
Performed by Zaiko
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Powerful film, more realistic than Hotel Rwanda!
24 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this at the Berlin film festival and I think it shoulda won (it got a standing ovation). This film really isn't as pleasant and slick as Hotel Rwanda with its heroic Schilder's List kinda character, but it makes you aware of the whole picture. i actually think they compliment each other well, since this is the more realistic version. I didn't know much about the Rwandan genocide that happened just recently in 1994, where they almost killed a million people, and felt ashamed for the way the Western world, mainly the US and Europeans, looked away, which is the point of the movie. The complicated flashback structure can be a bit confusing, but the film really makes a strong point and shows the creepy way how things get out of hand very quickly. It's heartbreaking and hard to watch sometimes, but it's a powerful and most of all very realistic movie (I read they shot it in Rwanda on location, while Hotel was shot in South Africa).


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