My Neighbor, My Killer

Film/Video

Images courtesy of Gacaca Films

My Neighbor, My Killer

Anne Aghion, 2009

New Documentary

Nonfiction filmmaking holds a strong appeal for many committed directors and producers. This ongoing series lets you sample wide-ranging approaches to the contemporary documentary.

Tue, Sep 28, 2010 7 PM
Wed, Sep 29, 2010 7 PM

In 1994, Hutu citizens in Rwanda slaughtered more than 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu in one of the worst episodes of genocide ever recorded.

My Neighbor, My Killer investigates the effectiveness of the open-air tribunals—or "gacacas"—imposed by the Rwandan government in 2005 to try the Hutu accused of these atrocities. Director Anne Aghion spent ten years on the film, following both the survivors and the guilty, many of whom were sent home to live among the very families they sought to destroy. (80 mins., video)

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