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Story

During the Rwandan genocide, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other.

At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. Kinyarwanda is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing.

Kinyarwanda interweaves six different tales that together form one grand narrative that provides the most complex and real depiction yet presented of human resilience and life during the genocide. With an amalgamation of characters, we pay homage to many, using the voices of a few.

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Cast

Cassandra FreemanLt. Rose
Edouard BamporikiEmmanuel
Cleophas KabasitaFrancine
Mazimpaka KennedyFather Pierre
Hadidja ZaninkaJean
Hassan KaberaIshmael
Abdallah UwimanaThe Imam
Marc GwamakaPatrique
Mutsari JeanThe Mufiti of Rwanda
Kena OnyenjekweSgt. Fred
Assumpta MichoMiryam "The Witch"
Ayuub Kasasa MagoFather Bertrand
Watta HezekisFather Jean Claude
Munyantore BashilHead Ghanaian Soldier
Ibrahim KasuiyaShmael's Father
Farida UwimanaShmael's Mother
Ismael DusengemuangaThierry
Ally MajaliwaMichel (The Husband)
Daisy BatamulizaDelphine

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