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Rwanda

Burying the Machete. Children of War. [Sound Recording]

Side A. Burying the Machete (32 min.) -- Side B. Children of war (32 min.)Burying the Machete examines how Rwandans are trying to come to terms with the 1994 genocide. The survivors are still mourning their dead, but the call for justice is mounting while Rwanda's judicial system is incapable of dealing with the staggering case load of 150,000 suspected of involvement in the genocide. Children of War is the story of Angola's children. The displaced, amputees, orphans, child prostitutes and trauma victims tell how 30 years of war has affected them. 1995. 62 min.

Forsaken Cries: The Story of Rwanda

A documemtary film that examines the 1994 genocide in Rwanda as a case study in the human rights challenges of the 21st century. The film incorporates historical footage of the colonial period, interviews with genocide survivors and analyses of such issues as the international laws of genocide, the failure of the international community and non-governmental organizations, the refugee crisis, womens' human rights violations, the war crimes tribunal and the International Criminal Court. Dist.: The Video Project. 1997. 35 min.

Gacaca: Living Together Again in Rwanda?

In 1994, decades of politically motivated ethnic scapegoating culminated in a wholesale slaughter of the Rwanda's Tutsi minority, along with many Hutu moderates. Today, Rwanda is rebuilding, but its most difficult task is addressing the emotional trauma and fostering reconciliation between the Hutu and Tutsi. This film follows the first steps in one of the world's boldest experiments in reconciliation: the Gacaca Tribunals. These are a form of citizen-based justice based on ancient traditions of judgement, aimed at unifying this scarred nation. A film by Anne Aghian. 55 min. c2002.

Genocide: The Horror Continues

The late 20th century produced a sinister euphemism: 'ethnic cleansing.' This program presents a comprehensive survey of genocide by looking at the most recent examples in Iraq, Iran, and Turkey; Burundi and Rwanda; the former Yugoslavia; Indonesia and East Timor; and Chechnya. The role and efforts of the United Nations are discussed as well as what the future holds in trying to prevent genocide. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2002. 57 min.

Ghosts of Rwanda

Through interviews with key government officials, diplomats, soldiers, and survivors, this documentary examines the state-sponsored genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Explores the reasons why the international community and the United States did not intervene as Hutu extremists killed some 800,000 Tutsis. Written, produced and directed by Greg Barker. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television program Frontline, April 1, 2004. Dist.: PBS. 115 min.

God Sleeps in Rwanda

The 1994 Rwanda genocide left the country nearly 70% female, handing Rwanda's women an extraordinary burden and an unprecedented opportunity. This film captures the spirit of five women as they struggle to rebuild their lives and redefine women's roles in a country torn apart by war. Written, directed and produced by Kimberlee Acquaro and Stacy Sherman. 2004. 28 min.

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Healers Without Borders. Children of the Genocide.[Sound Recording]

Side A. Healers without borders (32 min.) -- Side B. Children of the genocide (47 min.)Healers Without Borders looks at the work of the humanitarian organization, Medecins sans frontieres in Katale Camp, in Burundi. Medical relief workers discuss frankly the motivation of staff members, the challenges and difficulties and joys of their work. Children of the Genocide are Rwanda's children: separated from their parents they saw, heard, felt and sometimes participated themselves in the massacres in their homeland.

In Rwanda We Say...: The Family that Does Not Speak Dies /

Over several years filmaker Anne Aghion traveled to rural Rwanda, to chart the progress of its ethnic reconciliation programs. This film continues her quest to learn how the human spirit survives the traumatic effects of the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi minority, which claimed 800,000 lives in 100 days. Written and directed by J. Coll Metcalfe. Dist.: Choices, Inc. c2004. 54 min.

In the Tall Grass: Inside the Citizen-based Justice System Gacaca

Focuses on the Hutu and Tutsi as they struggle through Rwanda's unique reconciliation process: Gacaca, a network of grassroots community courts. Shows the challenges faced by post-genocide countries as they transition from violence to peace. Director, Anne Aghion. c2006. 57 min.

Keepers of Memory

Through eyewitness accounts and gripping footage, acclaimed director Eric Kabera takes a heartfelt look at the 1994 Rwandan genocide, its survivors, the memorials created in the victims' honor, and those who keep the memories alive. Director/producer, Eric Kabera. Dist.: Choices, Inc. 2004. 52 min.

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