A documentary about Rwandan genocide prisoners freed by the presidential amnesty, which plumbs the depths of the country’s moral ambiguities with surprising candour.
Set in a prison on the outskirts of Kigali, it begins with the news that President Kagame has issued a pardon freeing low-level offenders convicted of genocide crimes. The action follows a group of convicts on the eve of their release, making joyful plans for their reentry into society.
“I will sell a cow…buy some land…marry…buy a mobile phone” says one prisoner, staring dreamily into the middle distance.
Only one man among them seems so haunted by his conscience that a return to normal life is impossible.
“You want to be released,” he tells the others, “but your hearts have not confessed.”