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Iseta: Behind The Road Block

Year: 2008, 55 mins
Code: RFI-Iseta

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During April 1994, on a quiet road in Kigali, a group of neighbours in Rwanda were filmed. This was the opening days of the Rwandan genocide, and even though almost one million people were slaughtered, remarkably there is only one known segment of footage showing any actual killing.

This movie is about the extraordinary journey of that evidence as the original photographer, Nick Hughes, returns to Rwanda, revisiting the people and events that he by chance caught on film. As the footage returns to the community, friends and family relive the tragic events as they work with the photographer to identify the victims, and then eventually the killers.

Directors: Eric Kabera,Juan Reina
Cinematography: Thierry Dushimirimana Nick Hughes

Eric Kabera, founder of the Kwetu Film Institute and Hillywood with the Film Festival in Rwanda, has an impressive filmography that includes Africa United, an award-winning feature film about three youngsters from Rwanda who embark on an epic journey to the World Cup; Keepers of Memory, a documentary commemorating the 10th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; Through my Eyes, a documentary film about Rwandan youth reflecting on their past, present and future perspectives; and 100 Days, a riveting film recounting the legacy of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda .

Kabera has been recognized by the Director’s Guild of America, and is the 2012 recipient of the Pan African Film Festival’s prestigious African Creative Visionary Award.

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