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Critic Reviews for Kinyarwanda
It adds texture to the central facts: This happened, and this matters.
While hardly an all-inclusive look at this complex conflict, paints a heartfelt, fairly restrained picture of a nation under siege.
The end result is a film that's un- deniably moving in its depiction of life under siege, in which horrific violence coexists with everyday emotions.
Kinyarwanda offers glimpses into the lives of Rwandans, young and old, religious and radicalized, in the wake of nightmarish carnage.
Audience Reviews for Kinyarwanda
You can't hate a movie like "Kinyarwanda" that is so well-meaning and hopeful about the future of Rwanda. However, I really can't like a movie like this, either, that does not credibly reflect the complicated reality on the ground, instead just wishing that there will be a 'unified peace,' as one character puts it, and it will magically happen. And while I do want to believe in the best of humanity, it is hard to believe in it happening so often during one of the planet's worst moments. Just as there are brutal killings depicted here, even more often are there warm scenes of people doing the right thing, including one huge bluff to save a group of people about to be killed. And then there is the decision to go for a complicated structure of interrelated stories which is hard enough to pull off under optimal circumstances which this is not, with the best sequence being the Reeducation Camp. The best option would have been to tell a story of the Rwandan genocide through the point of view of one character, like say Jeanne(Hadidja Zaninka), whose parents are killed.
Not exactly what the typical movie-goer is used to, this is nonetheless a brutally honest, unforgettable film about the horrors and compassion during mass genocide.
Each vignette adds to the mosaic. Characters from one turn up in another. Gradually a powerful outcome is arrived at.
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