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Kinyarwanda (2011)

Cassandra Freeman , Edouard Bamporiki , Alrick Brown  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cassandra Freeman, Edouard Bamporiki, Hadidja Zaninka
  • Directors: Alrick Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,620 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Commentary with the director, director of photography, and actress Cassandra Freeman
The Making of Kinyarwanda
Kinyarwanda Comes Home - Footage of the film's Rwandan debut
Poster and stills gallery
Shooting script
The Final Take: A Brief Memorandum of AD Steve Ntasi

SYNOPSIS During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. Kinyarwanda interweaves six different tales that together form one grand narrative that provides the most complex and real depiction yet presented of human resilience and life during the genocide. With an amalgamation of characters, director Alrick Brown's moving film pays homage to many, using the voices of a few.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Kinyarwanda is a superbly made life-giving film about Rwanda, the 1994 genocide, inter-faith relationships, and reconciliation. I serve on the board of a non-profit that works in Rwanda and I've been to Rwanda four times in the last six years. I've seen and own DVDS of Sometimes in April, Beyond the Gates, Shake Hands with the Devil (the documentary and dramatic versions) Frontline's Ghosts of Rwanda and Hotel Rwanda. I attended the Seattle premiere of Kinyarwanda and saw it a second time during it's short run in Seattle in December 2011. I love this film. Kinyarwanda is different than the other fine films I've seen on Rwanda and the 1994 genocide. Opening in a house party in Kigali with young adults dancing, viewers are drawn first into the relationships of the principles. The genocide is pervasive, but in the background as the stories of Hutus and Tutsis, Christians and Muslims, begin to unfold for the viewer. Scenes of a Gacaca (a community based form of justice) and a Rwandan wedding invite viewers into the post genocide lives of the Rwandese people learning to live, reconcile, and forgive. I was heartened by the story line exploring Rwanda's Muslim Imans discussing how to respond to the genocide and their decision to invite Hutus and moderate Tutsis to find refuge in their mosques. I'm pre-ordering my DVD today! Murakoze Mr. Brown!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful March 31, 2012
I was lucky enough to see this film on the last day of the 2011 Sundance Festival. I finally had a day off from my volunteer duties and I picked the closest theater and the film that started next. Thank the gods it was Kinyarwanda. Not only was this movie a powerful film that left me speechless, but it was a film about one of the least talked about genocides in history that ended on a hopeful note. Hopeful!

I walked out of the theater unable to talk, trying not to cry. I shook the producers hand, unable to say anything to him and he just nodded in understanding.

Before that and to date I have never seen a film that left me feeling like that.

This film made my Sundance experience and if you are considering the purchase of this dvd/blue ray, do so. If you don't, you will be missing out on a profound film experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most powerful movie I saw all year. April 12, 2012
By DavidQ
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I saw Kinyarwanda at the SF film festival, and can't believe I'm the first to review this incredible film.

The movie is an incredibly powerful portrayal of several people's stories that take place and intertwine before, during, and after the 1993 Rwandan genocide.

Most of the actors are Rwandan citizens who survived the attrocities in 1993. Many of the cast members are first-time actors, and the film was shot on a shoestring budget but you would never know it: The performances and production values are terrific across the board.

At the film festival one of the producers was there to take questions. Many of the actors had seen Hotel Rwanda which was entirely produced elsewhere, and were not happy with the film. The hotel owner comes across as the compassionate hero, though in Rwanda he is known more as an opportunist who threw guests back into the genocide once they were no longer able to pay his exorbitant rates.

Do see Kinyarwanda. It tackles the complexities of the conflict head on, especially asking how do you rebuild after such a disaster, and how one can forgive the unforgivable?

I left the theater feeling humbled, thankful, and moved to tears. Do yourself a favor and see it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kinyarwanda May 12, 2012
Director Alrick Brown's Kinyarwanda, reminds us of a very dark and grim period in modern world history. In 1994, for one hundred days, roughly 1,000,000 people were murdered as a result of genocidal tactics in Rwanda. Hutu extremists targeted Tutsi "cockroaches" and anyone sympathetic to Tutsis through violent bloodshed and hate talk radio. Noticeably, there were Hutus married to Tutsis, Hutu relatives of Hutu-Tutsi children, and religious groups (Christians and Muslims), that were considered as sympathetic to Tutsis. Hutu gangs used machine guns and machetes to maim and rape with no apparent end in sight.

Places of worship such as mosques became havens for protection, even if briefly. Hotel Rwanda, a famous place of refuge, was referred to in Kinyarwanda. Why all the slaughtering in the first place? Towards the end of the film, it is explained that when Rwanda was under Belgian colonial rule, Belgian authorities would measure the head size, rib cage length and other physical attributes of Rwandans for division of labor. Depending on your measurement, your task may be indoors (i.e., working in government, schools, etc.), or outdoors (i.e., farming, field work, etc.). This type of caste system fostered discord and resentment amongst the Rwandans. W hen the Belgians left and no longer ruled the Rwandan government, the animosity and malice of the natives were deeply rooted. How did the slaughtering finally end? Kinyarwanda shows the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), a battalion of Tutsi rebels, rescuing the day.

While the civil war persisted, Kinyarwanda depicts romance, love, forgiveness, betrayal and fear in six different subplots to constitute one overarching storyline.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful and moving
The danger of making a non-documentary movie about a genocide, especially a very recent one, is reducing it to "entertainment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleeper SUPER STAR
Kinyarwanda was a profoundly personal journey through the Rwandan atrocities. This "fresh" approach to the unfolding disaster in Rwanda captured my heart and imagination like no... Read more
Published 15 months ago by PF FLYER
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinyanrwanda
A movie that must be seen by as many people as possible. It is defnitely an eye opener and life changing!
Published 16 months ago by Geoffrey Radcliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Rwanda DVD
The DVD came brand new as described and I would recommend this seller. The movie was a little difficult for me to watch as I have seen many films on this horrific subject and think... Read more
Published 18 months ago by marlene ware
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Informative
I learned so much about the struggle in this country that has not been publicized. The media would have you believe that these people started fighting for no apparent reason like... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lola Thompson Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I finally made time to watch this movie, and am so glad that I did. I definitely recommend it! I think one of the things that kept me from watching it sooner was my fear that it... Read more
Published 21 months ago by mamat
5.0 out of 5 stars Courage and love amid chaos
Kinyarwanda is a powerful, uplifting film about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. It mostly depicts the efforts of the Moslem religious leaders to protect people during the massacre. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rogerin IL
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good movie
This movie was very good. It told the story from different perspectives that may otherwise not have been seen. It was interesting the whole time and there were no boring parts. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amber Parks
4.0 out of 5 stars 10/16/2012
I enjoyed this movie. The storyline really pieced together a good image of Rwanda and people involved in the genocide. Read more
Published on October 15, 2012 by T.Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars The devastation of genocide
I was recently browsing in the foreign movie section of my local library and fell upon this movie. I will admit upfront that I knew very little about the movie, ok nothing. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by Paul Allaer
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