Awards and Nominations

  • My Neighbor My Killer - Best Documentary at the Montreal International Black Film Festival (2010)
  • My Neighbor My Killer - Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival (2009)
  • My Neighbor My Killer - Human Rights Watch 2009 Nestor Almendros Prize for courage in filmmaking
  • My Neighbor My Killer - nominated for a Gotham Award (2009)
  • In Rwanda we say... The family that does not speak dies - Emmy Award winner (2005)
  • Gacaca, Living Together Again in Rwanda? - Unesco Fellini Prize winner (2003)

My Neighbor My Killer

"An historic document of incalculable value, but also a superbly shot work of cinema" - Agence France Presse

"This brilliant documentary...brings us to a new level of understanding about the human capacity for creating mutuality...[It] should be seen by everyone who feels they have a stake in the future of humankind" - Jennifer Merin, Documentaries

"Excellent... the most striking thing about the film is the deep wisdom, sad emotional maturity, and even poetry that seems to issue effortlessly from the mouths of the victims" - Peter Brunette, Hollywood Reporter

"Remarkable...the most calmly moving guide yet to the emotional landscape of those who were left behind." - Lee Marshall, Screen International

"Aghion's amazing My Neighbor, My Killer brilliantly captures the aftermath of an unimaginable experience through the words and expressions of those who survived. Highly recommended." - Video Librarian (pdf)

"Quietly devastating...the answers that resulted are remarkable." - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"This extraordinary film portrays the devastating effects of unspeakable events with grace and sensitivity... This superb film is highly recommended." - Patricia B. McGee, Educational Media Review Online

"Anne Aghion's profoundly moving documentary about ongoing reconciliation efforts in post-genocide Rwanda, has been screened at leading film festivals around the world." - July 2010 update from

"We can thank Aghion for pulling the veil back from what I fear has been a Western whitewash of Rwandan reconciliation." - Greg Wright,

"As with Anne's other work, this film is both moving and perceptive in capturing the range of conflicting interests and emotions in this terribly complicated situation. What I admire most about her work is the way she has been able to get inside the context." - Alison Des Forges, Author of Leave None to Tell the Story and former Senior Consultant to Human Rights Watch

"'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 (Arts section, page 1)

"Deeply Moving" - Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

"Worth your time...It will be hard to beat Anne Aghion's My Neighbor My Killer...a much-needed examination of the challenging yet necessary process of justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of genocide." - Newsweek

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"Absorbing" - The Huffington Post

"Documentary a window into Rwanda's reconciliation efforts" - Elizabeth Barber, The Cambodia Daily

"Powerful and essential" - Il Sole,

Gacaca Film Series

"An astonishing [film]...the comfort level and tolerance for the camera is extraordinary." - The Washington Post (pdf)

"Riveting. Excellent...documentaries...pull us deep into the social fabric of post-genocide Rwandan village life." - LA Weekly (pdf)

"Seminal [&] impressive" - Variety

"One of the most remarkable documentaries you are likely to see this year." - Connecticut Post (pdf)

"Anne Aghion films without any preconceptions. With an open, human approach, she wants to understand how one lives with 'what happened.'" - Le Monde

"...Don't hesitate for a moment to watch this... An essential film..." - Radio Suisse Romande

"A remarkable documentary..." - Télécable & Satellite Hebdo

"[These] unpretentious films about Rwanda cover ground not covered in [other films]." - The Villager (pdf)

"What I find extraordinary about Anne's film is that she stayed around and listened long enough. The kind of attention that Rwanda has received after the genocide has been dominated by people who came from the outside, who formed quick judgments about good guys and bad guys." - Alison des Forges, Human Rights Watch, The New York Times (pdf)

Gacaca, Living Together Again in Rwanda?

"Nuanced and intelligent" - Alison Des Forges, Author and former Senior Consultant to Human Rights Watch

"A fine film which will fuel many lively discussions" - Educational Media Reviews Online

"Remarkable" - Le Nouvel Observateur

"Captures quite precisely much of what is most compelling and unsettling about Rwanda's quest for justice after genocide - and, more: it captures the feel of Rwanda" - Philip Gourevitch, Author and New Yorker staff writer

In Rwanda we say... The family that does not speak dies

"Extraordinary" - Variety

"Universal Theater. Riveting." - Le Monde