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In Rwanda We Say...

In Rwanda We Say...
The Family That Does Not Speak Dies

(54 minutes) Rwanda/USA
D irector: Anne Aghion
Producers: Laurent Bocahut and Anne Aghion


In 2003, the Rwanda government released some 16,000 confessed participants in the 1994 genocide, and sent them home. Award-winning documentarian Anne Aghion goes to Gafumba, a tiny hillside community in rural Rwanda, to see how people are coping with this. With stops at the local school and bars—called cabarets—the film In Rwanda We Say…The Family That Does Not Speak Dies focuses on the return of a freed prisoner, Abraham Rwamfizi, and the impact of his homecoming on neighbors, survivors and even in-laws who blame him for the murder of their families. While the government’s message of a “united Rwandan family” permeates the language of the community, the imposed co-existence brings forth varying emotions, from numb acceptance to repressed rage. Violence seems to lurk just below the surface. What unfolds, however, is astonishing. Little by little, people begin to talk in a profound, articulate way - first to the camera, and then to each other - as these neighbors negotiate the emotional task of accepting life side by side.

For most of her life, Aghion has been a dual resident of New York and Paris. She spent the first eight years of her career in the newspaper business, in both editorial and administrative capacities at The New York Times Paris bureau, and at the International Herald Tribune. Moving into the film/television industry, she worked in a variety of capacities including videographer, production and post-production manager with filmmakers such as Richard Leacock and Valérie Lalonde, and for documentaries aired on major cable networks such as Canal+ and ARTE. In addition, Aghion was the Director of International Production and Development for Pixibox, Europe’s top digital animation house. She holds a degree in Arab Language and Literature from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York, and following her studies, spent two years living in Cairo. Anne Aghion is a filmmaker who has spent considerable time in Rwanda, charting the progress and impact of the ethnic reconciliation programs there. In Rwanda We Say…The Family That Does Not Speak Dies is Aghion’s third film, and her second film on Rwanda. Aghion’s influential 2002 film Gacaca, Living Together Again in Rwanda? received the Fellini Prize from UNESCO. Her first film, Se Le Movio El Piso (The Earth Moved Under Him) -- A Portrait Of Managua, is the winner of the Havana Film Festival’s 1996 Coral Award for Best Non-Latin American Documentary on Latin America.

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