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New On DVD: Alrick Brown-Directed Drama On Rwanada Genocide/Reconciliation "Kinyarwanda"

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by Emmanuel Akitobi
May 16, 2012 12:02 PM
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Director Alrick Brown's 2011 film, Kinyarwanda, was, in my opinion, the best film of that year.  You can judge for yourself, now that the AFFRM-released drama is available for purchase on DVD.

Tambay told us earlier in the year that indieWIRE parent-company SnagFilms had secured digital rights to the film, and would be releasing it via VOD.

Now you can own a physical copy of Kinyarwanda, and buy a 100 copies for your family and friends.  Believe me, if I could, I would.

In case you've forgotten, here's the 2011 Sundance Film Festival winner's synopsis:

"A young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggles with being absent from her family to foster a greater good, and a priest grapples with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror."

I'll readily admit that, at first, I was skeptical about seeing another film about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, having already seen several films that tackled that horrific event in history.  But Kinyarwanda surprised me in the way that not just one protagonist/ antagonist was featured in its narrative.  There are so many emotional layers within this film that are carefully shed with the development of each character and sub-story.  And convincingly powerful performances from Cleophas Kabasita, Mazimpaka Kennedy, Cassandra Freeman, and Hadidja Zaninka, among many others, really give Kinyarwanda an undeniably authentic feel.

Definitely do yourself a favor and see this film on DVD or VOD.

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  • Micah | May 16, 2012 12:43 PMReply

    I'm bummed I missed this in theaters. I hope affirm grows and can get wider releases.

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