Between Hotel Rwanda, Peter Raymont‘s Shake Hands With The Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire, Ghosts of Rwanda and those PBS Frontline documentaries about the 1994 slaughter, I feel Rwanda-ed out. But I’ll still be catching Deborah Scranton‘s Earth Made of Glass, a Tribeca Film Festival selection, at Monday night’s premiere.
Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda will be there for the q & a as well as Jean Pierre Sagahutu, the genocide survivor featured in the film.
“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,” the Tribeca notes begin. “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.”