Sometimes in April (2005, United States)
Director: Raoul Peck
Czas: 130 minut
Director: Raoul Peck
Ten years after the genocide in Rwanda former soldier Augustin Muganza visits his brother, who is awaiting trial in front of international tribunal for war crimes. There is a reason they haven’t spoke in years...
It’s been 10 years since civil war and genocide left Rwanda in shock and rest of the world in shame. Former Rwandan soldier Augustin Muganza, now working as a teacher in Kigali, receives a letter from his brother, Honore, who awaits a trial in tribunal for war crimes. They haven’t spoke in years and for a reason - when the tension arose in the country in 1994 they were on two sides of the barricade. Honore was a journalist in radio that spread the Hutu propaganda and was one of the factors behind genocide, while Augustin was on the list of Hutu militia as a traitor of his people since he married a Tutsi woman. When president of Rwanda is killed the horror on the streets begin - militia armed with machetes and guns attacks the Tutsi and dead bodies are everywhere. Augustin is desperate to save his family and asks Honore for help - the roadblocks are everywhere and anyone, who doesn’t have ID with mark "Hutu" in it is killed on the spot. Honore is well known as the Hutu propaganda advocate and thus could cross the lines without being checked. Reluctantly Honore agrees to take the wide and kids while Augustin and his fellow army officer stay behind. The car driven by Honore is stopped on military roadblock and people inside are dragged out. Even though it’s been 10 years Augustin still doesn’t know what happened to his wife and sons.
War movie dedicated to Rwandan genocide, in a way similar to Hotel Rwanda, although the main story in Sometimes in April is fiction. Just like in Hotel Rwanda we see the desperation of the civilians trapped in the city where armed mob hunts down the Tutsi and kill everyone without hesitation. Through the fate of few of them we look at the horror that was the reality in Kigali for 3 months, but unlike Hotel Rwanda in Sometimes in April we also see how American administration of president Clinton did to stop the genocide and how they were trying to wiggle out of actually making even a tiny effort that could have saved hundreds of thousands of people in Rwanda. Even though the story is fiction and creators avoided showing the explicit details of the war crimes that took place in the streets of Kigali it is as moving and as shocking as Hotel Rwanda if not more.
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Sometimes in April