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Flowers of Rwanda: Making Peace with Genocide (02:00)


Between April and July 1994, over 800,000 people were killed in the Rwanda genocide. Jospeh Habineza, Minister of Education and Culture, explains that education is vital for victims to live side by side with perpetrators.

Faces of Genocide Survivors (01:42)

Survivor and film maker Gilber Ndahayo describes the violence of the genocide in Rwanda. A man who was a child at the time of the atrocity says he lost both of his parents and a brother.

Continuing Consequences for Rwanda (01:15)

Some people cannot overcome their fear to visit the Nyarubuye Memorial. Donald Miller, the Director for the Center for Religion & Civic Culture explains that Rwandans are still experiencing the trauma that happened thirteen years ago.

Proper Burial for Genocide Victims (00:57)

Freddy Mutanghua, Director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, explains that the perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda did not properly bury the bodies. Survivors association work to recover the bones of victim's and bring them together.

Painful Memories of the Past (01:06)

Condo Viateur, survivor, and audiovisual manager of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center explains that reconciliation between victims and perpetrators is the only way to prevent another genocide in Rwanda.

Justice Without Revenge (01:05)

Director for the Center for Religion & Civic Culture explains that survivors of the Rwanda genocide literally live next door to the people who killed their family. It is described as a simple problem with a complex solution.

:A Killer is on the Loose" (01:11)

A survivor of the Rwanda genocide shares what it is like to live next door with the same people who killed her family. She explains that murder is no longer considered a serious crime by her government.

No Forgiveness (01:35)

Survivors of the Rwanda genocide explain that they cannot give forgiveness to someone who has not asked for it. Some interpret the unwillingness to apologize as evidence that the perpetrators would commit the same crimes again if given the chance.

Foundation of Forgiveness (01:08)

The older generation in Rwanda feels responsible to forgive the perpetrators of the genocide in order to lay a foundation of peace for the next generation.

Role of Education in Reconciliation (01:32)

Jospeh Habineza, Minister of Education and Culture, explains the importance of education in uniting Rwanda and preventing another genocide.

Role of Media in Reconciliation (02:05)

It is estimate that less than 1% of Rwandans own a television. They want more information regarding their environment and concerns about the present and future. Some believe film can be a path towards unity and reconciliation in Rwanda.

Rwanda Film Festival (01:18)

A survivor of the Rwanda genocide shares the feelings he gets from watching movies from Hollywood, Bollywood, and Rwanda.

World Exposure (00:59)

Pierre Kayitama, Director of Rwanda Film Festival, describes a section of the films that aims to educate Rwandans about the outside world, showing them how people live in the United States and Kenya for example.

Hope for Rwanda: "Never Again" (01:29)

Jospeh Habineza, Minister of Education and Culture, explains that there is now equal opportunity in Rwanda. He believes that another genocide can be prevented by educating the youth helping them become self-sufficient.

Uncertain Future for Rwanda (00:36)

Although many in Rwanda are confident there will never be another genocide, others are not as optimistic. They agree the country is safe now but feel that it could change at any moment.

Genocide Defined (01:06)

Genocide is an attempt to murder an entire people. These atrocities typically occur at a moment of social upheaval and are justified by blaming the problems of a country on one minority group.

Who Should Act? (01:41)

Some believe that the U.N. and the U.S. are largely responsible for the genocide in Rwanda. It is up to individuals to prevent future atrocities such as the mass murder that is presently occurring in Darfur.

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Flowers of Rwanda: Making Peace with Genocide

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Can killers and survivors coexist in peace? That is the crucial question facing Rwanda a dozen years after the genocide that claimed the lives of approximately 800,000 people—and the subject of this multi-award-winning documentary. Using interviews with Joseph Habineza, Minister of Education and Culture; Freddy Mutanguha, director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Center; and numerous survivors, Flowers of Rwanda considers whether forgiveness and reconciliation can truly be achieved so the country can eradicate the ignorance and extremism that paved the way for monumental atrocity. Viewer discretion is advised. (Portions in other languages with English subtitles, 24 minutes)

Length: 25 minutes

Item#: BVL40621

ISBN: 978-1-61616-156-9

Copyright date: ©2008

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

Best Screenplay Award, Chicago Short Film Festival


Best Documentary Jury Award, Sacramento Film and Music Festival


Best of Cultural Issues Award, 5th Montana CINE International Last Best Film Fest


Director’s Choice Award, Independents Film Festival


Best Message Film Award, Peace on Earth Film Festival


Best Short Documentary Film, Paso Robles Digital Film Festival


Best Documentary Award, 5th West Chester Film Festival

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