Time Machine: Rwanda - Do Scars Ever Fade? (2004)

Genres - Culture & Society, History  |   Sub-Genres - Law & Crime, Politics & Government, Social History  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A decade after 800,000 Rwandans were subject to a brutal genocide that wiped out approximately 75% of the ethnic Tutsi minority over the course of just three months, government officials and international politicians speak to the survivors who witness the atrocities firsthand and offer a look at the war-ravaged nation as it appears ten years after the fact. It was an unspeakable tragedy, and one that may have been largely preventable had the true horrors of the events that were unfolding been accurately reported in the world media. Thanks to a viciously effective propaganda campaign, however, the carnage continued unabated while the outside world remained blissfully unaware. Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the genocide is the fact that it could have never succeeded without the participation of ordinary citizens, many of whom played a pivotal role in keeping the propaganda machine running efficiently. Now, as a nation attempts to strike the delicate balance of reconciliation and justice, politicians speak out on how they are attempting to help the healing process while reflecting on the reasons the tragedy occurred in the first place.



aftermath, ambivalence, genocide, investigation, propaganda, reconciliation, Rwanda