When asked why the genocide continues to feature prominently in contemporary Rwandan cinema, renowned filmmaker Eric Kabera explains that in much the same way holocaust stories continue to be told, so will genocide stories.
Sunday had two poignant short films that tell the genocide story in a profound way. The protagonist in young Director Philbert Aime Mbabazi’s Akaliza Keza plummets into self-destruction when she learns that her fiancé concealed his Hutu identity from her. This during a visit to her prospective in-laws in which she discovers that her future father-in-law was the man that inflicted on her younger brother a cranial blow that left him mentally deranged. Now adult, he has the mind of a toddler playing with Lego toys and creating mud sculptures. In third trimester of pregnancy, Akaliza tries to abort her baby by imbibing a concoction of detergent and potent brew because she refuses to bring another Hutu into the world. y imbibing a concoction of detergent coupled with an alcoholic binge. Thankfully, the baby survives. But what stands out in Mbabazi’s short is his imaginative cinematic style that pays great attention to aesthetics. You rarely get such fine camera work in these parts especially with such a sobering subject.