My Neighbor, My KIller (2009)
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In 1994, following a civil war in Rwanda, fighting between Hutus and Tutsis (the African nation's two main ethnic groups) reached a bloody peak when following the death of President Juvénal Habyarimana, Hutu militias, armed with clubs and machetes, began a wave of violence that left as many as 800,000 Tutsis dead. Fifteen years later, Rwanda is still coming to terms with this shocking act of genocide, and filmmaker Anne Aghion, who has made several films about the violence in Rwanda, explores a
Apr 27, 2009 Wide
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The Rwandan genocide of 1994 has spawned a number of feature films, but Anne Aghion's remarkable documentary about the 'Gacaca' community tribunals is the most calmly moving guide yet to the emotional landscape of those who were left behind.
While 'My Neighbor, My Killer' should be applauded for avoiding the call to sensationalism, its beaten-down, nearly toneless low key grows repetitious.
There are no talking heads to explain away the genocide in dispassionate, academic terms. This film shows us the victims and the perpetrators straight on.
Aghion's educational film best serves as an important historical document.
Few documentaries are quite as rigorous and artful in exposing the complex stakes behind pointing a camera and a microphone at scenes of profound social injury.
An intimate, nuanced and engrossing look at the implementation of an indigenous, grassroots approach to judging man's inhumanity to man.
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