There is be a free screening of Annie Aghion‘s documentary film My Neighbour My Killer at Heaven Restaurant in Kiyovu this coming Sunday Dec 13 at 7pm. The film focuses on the local Gacaca court system which has been used to try to bring a form of justice to Rwanda following the 1994 genocide. The film screened in Kigali earlier this week, but the Heaven screening will be the first free public screening in Rwanda. The topic of the film is timely given the fact that the Rwanda government has decided to extend the Gacaca process into 2010. The court system, which literally means “justice on the grass”, began in 2001, was supposed to end of 2007, was extended to 2009 and will now end in 2010 when the remaining 2,261 cases have been decided,
“The Rwandan experiment cannot necessarily be exported as such, but what I’ve learned over time showing my work in other post-conflict societies, is that it is important to talk, and this film allows people to talk,” [said Annie Aghion]
“Seeing people of this community who have undergone such cataclysmic conflict start to talk is a very strong incentive for people all over to start to talk as well. Also, it is easier to reflect on your own problems when seeing other people’s problems,” added the director, who has also won an Emmy Award. link
This is bad timing for me as it looks as if I’ll have my hands full this coming Sunday. I presume the film will be screened at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre at some point. I certainly hope so.