My Neighbor, My KIller

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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 new movement toward justice and reconciliation in this documentary. In the wake of the killings, a large number of people suspected of taking part in the executions were imprisoned, but many were released due to lack of evidence. Under Rwanda's new leadership, communities are permitted to hold Gacacas, tribunals open to the public in which suspected murders face the family and friends of people they are believed to have killed. While many of those standing before the public hearings deny their actions, others are willing to finally confess to their crimes, and by bringing their suspicions into the open, the accusers can hopefully begin to heal their emotional wounds. My Neighbor, My Killer was an official selection at the 2009 San Francisco International Film Festival.


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[A] restrained and ethically nuanced documentary.

Jan 20, 2010 | Rating: 5/5

Valuable historical document.

May 7, 2009
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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.

Jan 20, 2010 | Full Review…

While 'My Neighbor, My Killer' should be applauded for avoiding the call to sensationalism, its beaten-down, nearly toneless low key grows repetitious.

Jan 15, 2010 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 3, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Aghion's educational film best serves as an important historical document.

Nov 17, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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