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Rutina Wesley To Star As Immaculee Ilibagiza In Rwandan Genocide Tale

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 9, 2011 3:02 AM
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Star of hit HBO vampire series True Blood, Rutina Wesley, has signed on to star in a film based on Immaculee Ilibagiza's bestselling book, Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust.

Who is Immanulee Ilibagiza? She's a Rwandan author and speaker whose first novel (Left To Tell, published in 2006), tells details her survival during the Rwandan Genocide, how she survived for more than 90 days, with seven other women, in tiny room, no larger than 3 feet long and 4 feet wide, only to later learn that the rest of her family had been killed.

Immaculee,a recipient of the 2007 Mahatma Gandhi Reconciliation and Peace Award. now speaks all over the world about her struggle.

The film will be co-directed by Steve Berkowitz & Keith VanderLaan.

Rutina's relatively short onscreen career has seen her work primarily in television. Her last feature film performance was in 2007's How She Move.

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  • Melissa | June 11, 2011 7:05 AMReply

    What? Imaculee Ibaligiza is attractive Tutsi woman.

    Why couldnt they keep in line with that and get a fitting actress?

    Anyways, congrats to Rutina...

  • Nadell | June 10, 2011 8:02 AMReply

    and yes again!
    I've read this book and always thought it should be made into a movie!
    THis is awesome and Rutina is perfect for the role!

  • Anonymous | June 9, 2011 11:38 AMReply

    Congrats to Rutina. Love her.

  • slb | June 9, 2011 10:20 AMReply

    After reading the description of this film on another website, it looks like the woman went from 115lbs to 65lbs during her ordeal. It makes me wonder if Rutina gonna do like Christian Bale in "The Machinist". Regardless, this looks like a great role for her.

  • JMac | June 9, 2011 4:36 AMReply

    Hadn't heard of Immanulee Ilibagiza. Gonna have to get that book.

  • Lynn | June 9, 2011 3:47 AMReply

    Wow! This is good for Rutina I know she acted on stage a few years back before "How She Move" in a production of a play called "Darfur".

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