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"In Rwanda we say….the family that does not speak dies"

In a profound testament to the liberating power of speech, award-winning filmmaker Anne Aghion's "In Rwanda we say…The family that does not speak dies" ventures to a rural Rwandan village, just as the government is releasing close to 16,000 Hutu prisoners accused of horrific genocidal crimes. Now, in a place where daily existence depends on cooperation, survivors of the 1994 attempt to eradicate the Tutsi minority must live side-by-side with their assailants. Fear and violence lurk just beneath the surface, but, as the camera rolls, the people of this tiny hamlet begin a remarkable dialogue, a possible first step toward reconciliation. This film screening will be held at Visions Theatre.

Date & Time

Mar. 29, 2004
6:00pm – 8:00pm

"In Rwanda we say….the family that does not speak dies"

This film screening will be held at Visions Theatre.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion with:

Anne Aghion, director and producer, "In Rwanda we say…";
Shamil Idriss, Search for Common Ground;
Lars Waldorf, former Human Rights Watch, Researcher in Rwanda, 2002-2004;
Antoine Rutayisire, Rwanda National Unity and Reconciliation Commission;
Moderator: Gayle Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress, and former Special Advisor to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs (NSC).

This event is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.

This film is also included in Sundance Channel's recognition of the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda, with a special triple feature lineup on April 5, 2004:

9:00pm Anne Aghion's award-winning Gacaca, Living Together Again in Rwanda?
10:00pm Anne Aghion's In Rwanda we say...The family that does not speak dies.
11:00pm Steven Silver's The Last Just Man.

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