Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Commemorating the Rwandan genocide anniversary through film

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Posted by Melissa Tunstall on Wed, Apr 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

It’s been 20 years since the Rwandan genocide, and the College of Charleston’s African studies program wants to commemorate the anniversary with four film screenings. But they won’t be showing Hotel Rwanda; instead “Looking Back and Moving Forward” will show two documentaries and two feature films.
On Tues. April 8 at 4:30 p.m., Ghosts of Rwanda will be shown. The documentary offers a comprehensive look at the events leading up to the genocide and how the mixture of social, cultural, political, and diplomatic issues paved the way for the mass killings to occur.
The following day, Wed. April 9, Shake Hands With the Devil will screen. A more specific look at the genocide, the documentary follows Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian working for the UN who had requested more support but was denied. The film questions if his request had been granted, would it have been enough to help prevent the genocide.
Screenings continue on April 15 and 16 with two feature films. Sometimes in April will be shown on April 15 and stars Idris Elba. Focusing on two brothers in very different positions — one a journalist and the other is a captain in the Rwandan army — Sometimes in April hopes to humanize the genocide and the suffering that occurred.
Closing out the film series is Kinyarwanda looks at how mosques became sanctuaries for Christians, Hutus, Tutsis and Muslims after the Mufti of Rwanda (the most respected Muslim in Rwanda) issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims to participate in any of the killings.
All screenings will take place at 4:30 p.m. in room 227 at the Addlestone Library (205 Calhoun St.) and are free. Due to the content of the films, view discretion is advised. For more information, call (843) 953-4884.

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