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FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 88 Minutes World Premiere

From the director of The War Tapes comes a powerful new film that looks at the horrific 1994 genocide in Rwanda from both personal and political perspectives. On August 6, 2008, against the backdrop of the world's deadliest war in neighboring Eastern Congo, Rwandan President Paul Kagame released a report detailing the French government's hidden role in planning the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Three months later, his closest aide, Rose Kabuye, was arrested by France on charges of terrorism.

Meanwhile, Jean Pierre Sagahutu, a genocide survivor haunted by his father's unsolved murder, scours the Rwandan countryside on a 15-year-search for clues and ultimately finds himself confronted with his darkest desire: being face-to-face with his father's killer. As President Kagame fights to free Rose from France and expose the truth about what really happened in Rwanda 15 years ago, Jean Pierre journeys to the scene of the crime, and the doorstep of a killer, to uncover the chilling facts behind his father's death. As each relentlessly pursues the truth—with the fate of a family and a country hanging in the balance—they find themselves faced with a choice: enact vengeance or turn the other cheek…. Deborah Scranton crafts this dark material into an inspiring and uplifting examination of the search for truth beyond justice and the long road to redemption in Rwanda.

Female Director(s), Crime, Documentary
About the Director(s)
Deborah Scranton made her feature film debut with The War Tapes, named best documentary at the 2006 Festival and at BritDoc. Her first-person account of war in Iraq, Bad Voodoo's War, aired nationally on PBS/Frontline. As a visiting fellow at The Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, Scranton worked with the Global Media Project in the Global Security Program.
Special Note

Monday, April 26, 6:00 PM
@BMCC Tribeca PAC

We are delighted to announce that His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, one of the subjects of the film, will be in attendance at the World Premiere, and will also participate in the Q&A following the screening.

Tuesday, April 27, 3:00 PM
@ SVA Theater 1

After the Movie: Join director Deborah Scranton, producer Reid Carolin, and subject of the film Jean Pierre Sagahutu for a conversation about taking the truth beyond justice and finding reconciliation in Rwanda, Africa, and the world. Moderated by Jeff Chu, Articles Editor for Fast Company



Film Info
  • Section:
    World Documentary Feature Competition
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  • Length:
    88 minutes
  • Language:
    English, French, Kinyarwandan
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Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    H.E. President Paul Kagame, Jean Pierre Sagahutu, Rose Kabuye, Serge Sagahutu, Gaspard Bavuriki
  • Director:
    Deborah Scranton
  • Producer:
    Deborah Scranton, Reid Carolin
  • Associate Producer:
    Kate Walker
  • Director of Photography:
    P.H. O'Brien
  • Executive Producer:
    Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan
  • Composer:
    Johan Soderqvist



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