“There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime, and the EARTH is MADE OF GLASS.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
The film, which chronicles the search for truth and peace in post-genocide Rwanda, debuts exclusively on HBO2 Wednesday, April 6th at 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET/PT and replays April 27th at 2:30p.m. ET/PT. Fans can check out the newly released official page for the film on HBO’s site.
The political documentary had a standing room only premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival last April and recently received a 2011 Producers Guild Award nomination for Best Documentary Theatrical Motion Picture.
In the film, director Deborah Scranton (“The War Tapes”) examines the personal and political repercussions of the deadly conflict in the east African country of Rwanda and explores issues of peace, retribution, accountability and justice, ultimately discovering a blueprint for ending the cycle of violence.
“After my previous films about the perspective of U.S. soldiers fighting on the ground in Iraq, I was fascinated by the questions of what happens after war ends. How does a country successfully rebuild, move on – both on an individual, personal level, as well as on the international level as a nation?…We learn that above all else, the need for truth becomes paramount. Without truth, there can be no peace.” — Deborah Scranton
The documentary, which has been endorsed by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, follows Rwandan President Paul Kagame and genocide survivor Jean-Pierre Sagahutu.
During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which an estimated one million people were killed, and millions more displaced, Sagahutu’s two parents, four brothers and three sisters were murdered. For the next 15 years, he scoured the countryside for answers to his father’s death.
Kagame and Sagahutu never meet, but the film shows how the efforts of a president and an ordinary man become inextricably linked through a love of country, an insatiable need for truth and a hope for peace.
In a moving statement that eloquently summarizes one of the strongest lessons in the film, Sagahutu declares…
“The cycle of hatred and violence stops with me. I will not pass it down to my children.”
And here’s one of the main reasons why Chan decided to get involved with the film…
“I sincerely feel like the messages in this film offer up a path to ending hatred and violence both in nations around the world, and in small communities across our country.”
Fans can watch the documentary’s official trailer below…
Mark your calendars and make sure you don’t miss the documentary when it hits the small screen on HBO2 on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 8:00pm ET/PT!
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