Gacaca (Ga-CHA-cha), which literally means “justice on the grass,” is a form of citizen-based justice which Rwandans decided to put into place in an attempt to deal with the crimes of the 1994 genocide.
Filming for over a decade in a tiny rural hamlet, director Anne Aghion has charted the impact this experiment in transitional justice has had on survivors and perpetrators alike. Through their fear and anger, accusations and defenses, blurry truths, inconsolable sadness, and hope for life renewed, she captures the emotional journey to coexistence.
“Quietly devastating”—Kenneth Turan, LA Times
“Deeply Moving”—Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
“Anne Aghion asks a lot of tough questions in My Neighbor My Killer, the fourth and last in her series of films about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. But the most difficult, posed on the posters for her new film, may be this: after the killing has ceased, and order has been restored, ‘How do you make it right again?’”
– Larry Rohter, The New York Times
“Brilliant” — One of the Best Documentaries of 2009 —Jennifer Merin, About.com: Documentaries
“Highly recommended”—Video Librarian (pdf)
“Remarkable”—Lee Marshall, Screen International
“Excellent”—Peter Brunette, Hollywood Reporter
“An historic document of incalculable value, but also a superbly shot work of cinema”—Agence France Presse