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Iseta by Reina, Juan

During April 1994, on quiet road in Kigali a group of neighbours in Rwanda were filmed. This was the opening days of the Rwandan Genocide, and even though almost one million people were slaughtered, remarkably there is only one known segment of footage showing any actual killing. This movie is about the extraordinary journey of that evidence as the original photographer returns to Rwanda, revisiting the people and events that he by chance caught on film. As the footage returns to the community, friends and family relive the tragic events as they work with the photographer to identify the victims, and then eventually the killers

Political Relevance
Before the arrival of the colonial powers, Rwanda was a kingdom with a caste system. During and after colonization, first by Germany and then by Belgium, that system was damaged. Tensions between the Hutus and Tutsis increased after independence in 1962. This period saw the formation of the Hutu Power movement, which viewed Tutsis as inferior. Tensions came to a head in 1994; some 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed during the genocide.

Director
Reina, Juan
Copyright Holder
Beeld voor Beeld
Duration
55 min.
Year of release
2008
Language
Kinyarwanda, English

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