Keepers of Memory: Survivors' Accounts of the Rwandan Genocide (2005)
DVD | Color 52 min | Full Screen. Directed by Eric Kabera
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"In 1994, during a three-month period, 800,000 Rwandans were killed in a genocide sparked by the death of the country's president. This deeply moving documentary focuses on those who look after the victims' burial sites. These "keepers of memory", some of whom lost their entire families, describe how the country handled - or, in some cases, failed to deal with - the horrible events. The documentary interweaves contemporary footage of the memory keepers and the burial sites with archival news footage. For example, one clip shows Rwandan troops preparing for battle and the evacuation of French nationals by UN forces. Some of the film's images - clubs made out of tree branches, with the hair of the dead still clinging to them - are unforgettable. Most of the film is dubbed in English. Odly, considering the subject matter, the program projects a hopeful, almost optimistic feeling. Many of the interviewees recount that the country is finally beginning to heal."
-David Pitt - Booklist 2005 Editor's Choice
SummaryThrough eyewitness accounts and gripping footage, Keepers of memory takes a deeply moving look at the 1994 Rwandan genocide, its survivors, and the memorials created in the victims' honor.
The film focuses on the personal accounts of men and women who watch over the sacred burials sites, keeping the memories alive for future generations. They tell a tale of unimaginable pain and loss that is both inspirational and thought provoking, as they bravely face the future and rebuild their lives.
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