• My Neighbor, My Killer

    2009. USA/France. Anne Aghion. 80 min.

Introduced by the filmmaker

Thursday, January 7, 2010, 8:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • My Neighbor, My Killer

    2009. USA/France. Directed by Anne Aghion. Aghion’s much awarded documentary practice is at its most compelling in her films about Rwanda, of which this is her third in a decade. In the aftermath of the horrific state-sanctioned massacres of 1994, during which thousands of minority Tutsis were killed by their fellow Rwandan Hutus, she trains her camera on the Rwandan people, allowing them to convey in their own words the struggle to create tolerable living conditions. In 2001 the government organized the so-called Gacaca Tribunals, open-air hearings or courts where local citizen-judges listened to survivors’ stories. Victims speak of whole families being murdered and villages being wiped out as they identify the neighbor or family member who participated in the “patrols” responsible for terrorizing the countryside. As she charts the impact of Gacaca on both survivors and perpetrators, Aghion sensitively captures the extraordinary process of rebuilding a community torn apart by genocide, and pays homage to the remarkable poise and resilience of the villagers. 80 min.

In the Film exhibition The Contenders, 2009

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