Movie Series

"Sometimes in April"
October 15, 2005
Pound 100

"Ghosts of Rwanda"
October 20, 2005
Austin North

"Murderers Among Us"
November 17, 2005
Pound 101

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Film is a powerful medium for communication and education, but what are some potential pitfalls that filmmakers and audiences face when creating and viewing films on human rights issues? We explore this question by presenting a series of films that document and narrate the events that lead up to mass violence; the experience of perpetrators, victims, and survivors; and the personal, communal, and international aftermath.

"Sometimes in April" A clear-eyed look at the Rwandan genocide is offered in Sometimes in April, a frank take on the 1994 slaughter that claimed upwards of 800,000 lives. Its protagonist (the strong Idris Elba, from The Wire) pieces together the past tragedy from the perspective of a decade-later war-crimes tribunal, where his brother is on trial.

"Ghosts of Rwanda" FRONTLINE marked the 10th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a documentary chronicling one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century. In addition to interviews with key government officials and diplomats, the two-hour documentary offers eyewitness accounts of the genocide from those who experienced it firsthand. FRONTLINE illustrates the failures that enabled the slaughter of 800,000 people to occur unchallenged by the global community.

"Murderers Among Us" A biographical portrayal of Simon Wiesenthal, famous Nazi Hunter. From his imprisonment in a Nazi Concentration Camp, the film follows his liberation and his rise to become one of the leading Nazi hunters in the world, bringing such criminals to justice as Adolf Eichmann and Klaus Barbee.