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Rwanda, the hills speak by Bellefroid, Bernard

This film tells the moving story of the consequences of the civil war and subsequent genocide that shook the eastern African country of Rwanda in 1994. Radical Hutus, now charged with genocide, murdered Tutsis and moderate Hutus. The documentary is divided into three parts: truth, justice and reconciliation. All three parts feature cases brought before the Gacaca Popular Courts. It is painfully clear that the Rwandan civil war has left prominent scars.

Legal Interest
The Gacaca Popular Courts were founded to try and convict those guilty of genocide and war crimes. All of the judges are Rwandan citizens, and the courts are charged with the heavy task of trying 500,000 cases in a short period of time.

Historic 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.

Bellefroid, Bernard
Copyright Holder
Beeld voor Beeld
49 min.
Year of release
Kinyarwanda, French

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