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Rwandan genocide film

LeftToTell.jpgmPower, a production company set-up to deliver films that really matter and could make an impact on audiences, is about to work on the film adaptation of Immaculee Ilibagiza's harrowing story of survival through the Rwandan genocide.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust is the story of a woman who survived the Rwandan genocide by hiding in the bathroom of a Hutu pastor for three months.

Immaculee Ilibagiza wrote her autobiographical story of her time when she returned to Rwanda in 1994 for Easter only to be caught up in the middle of the country-wide genocide where Tutsi's were being tortured and murdered by Hutu's.

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that after witnessing some of her family members murdered she was hidden by a Hutu pastor and survived in his bathroom, hiding from the horrors outside, for some three months.

In her novel, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) she details her survival and the story in the Hollywood Reporter suggests that the story also reflects heavily on her own faith.

The film sounds harrowing, I just hope there's not an attempt to explain, excuse, or water down the experience through her faith. The genocide was inexcusable, and not only a crime against humanity for those who orchestrated and perpetrated it, but also for those in power making decisions of the countries who had the chance to stop it and did not.

Personally I am still trying to see Shake Hands with the Devil, the film adaptation of the shocking novel (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) from the commander of the UN forces in Rwanda at the time.



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