Official Selection
Cannes Film Festival 2009

Best Documentary Nominee
Gotham Awards 2009

Human Rights Watch Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking 2009

Best Documentary
Montréal Black Film Festival 2010

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Could you ever forgive the people who slaughtered your family? In 1994, hundreds of thousands of Rwandan Hutus were incited to wipe out the country’s Tutsi minority. From the crowded capital to the smallest village, local ‘patrols’ massacred lifelong friends and family members, most often with machetes and improvised weapons. Announced in 2001, and ending this year, the government put in place the Gacaca Tribunals — open-air hearings with citizen-judges meant to try their neighbors and rebuild the nation. As part of this experiment in reconciliation, confessed genocide killers are sent home from prison, while traumatized survivors are asked to forgive them and resume living side-by-side. Filming for close to a decade in a tiny hamlet, award-winning filmmaker Anne Aghion has charted the impact of Gacaca 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.

Film Credits:

  • Produced & Directed by Anne Aghion
  • Edited by Nadia Ben Rachid
  • Camera by James Kakwerere, Linette Frewin, Claire Bailly du Bois, Mathieu Hagnery, Simon Rittmeier
  • Sound Recording by Richard Fleming, Pierre Camus
  • Sound Editing by Roland Duboué, Dolorès Jordi, Anne-Marguerite Monory
  • Sound Mix by Nathalie Vidal, Yves Servagent
  • Translation by Assumpta Mugiraneza
  • Music: “Imyoma”, “Bakobwa mwirira”, “Mbahoze Nte?” by Florida Uwera, Production Centre Universitaire des Arts, Université nationale du Rwanda. “Trompes Amakondera” recorded by Jos Gansemanns, Editions Fonti Musicali – Claude Flagel. “Kana” by Cécile Kayirebwa, Courtesy of Ceka I Rwanda – Cécile Kayirebwa.