The genocide movie industry has been on a steady decline over the past 10 years after the great scramble for African genocide content movies by Hollywood and other European movie houses.
I guess many never became the Blockbusters as producers hoped they would be and simply became of them flopping for whatever the reason.
Here is a list of a few genocide movies I watched during this commemoration season that I recommend you should watch too.
Shooting dogs: I watched it, but I partly still don’t understand the context of the story like most Rwanda genocide themed movies. There are to many confusing details. It does not show the intensity of the killings, leave alone the name “Shooting Dogs”, I don’t know why it was given such a title.
100 Days: The very first genocide film shot in Rwanda has breathtaking views of Kibuye landscape and the cast is almost entirely Rwandans. This is the only genocide themed movie directed by a Rwandan to gain global acclaim, I am told. If there is anything I credit this movie for its good imagery, is that it captured Western Rwanda natural beauty. I will not describe the horror in the movie; you have to watch it yourself.
Hotel Rwanda: This is a movie probably many of you would call dope, in a full sense of the word, like most genocide movies that are not entirely filmed in Rwanda. This one apparently was not. And the casting is interesting too, not a single Rwandan. Correct me if I am wrong. A movie about Rwanda shot in South Africa, acted out by black Americans, Jamaicans, Zulus, you name it! Talking about the heroism of a hotel manager who kept or bribed a bunch of marauding punks at bay. So they didn’t harm his paying guests (refugees) who were fed on pool water and Red Cross biscuits. This dude surely reaped heavy for his troubles. Yeah, we know who he is…
Sometimes In April: This is probably the only movie that offers a glimmer of light about the genocide against Abatutsi. It even gets the historical at the start and goes on to cover almost everything from the UN meetings to the Arusha trials. Sadly the cast is partially Rwandan, but the plot is on track, directed by world renown, Haitian movie producer, Raoul Peck. It is a MUST watch.