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Washington Knew About Rwanda Genocide

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Hundreds and thousands of Rwandans were killed in 1994, between April and July, in the country and it was the most rapid genocide ever recorded. The incidence has been compared with the Nazi Holocaust in its surreal brutality. The murdering were conducted with simple tools like herding the people into buildings and setting them aflame with kerosene. The murder weapons ...

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French TV to be sued over Genocide sketch

Anti-Genocide activists in France are considering suing French TV Canal+ over its broadcast of a sketch seen as ridiculing the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Some of the protestors outside Canal+ Group headquarters in Paris last week. The New Times/ Courtesy. The revelation comes days after protesters from the Rwandan community in France and their friends took to the streets in the capital Paris on Saturday to deliver a message of their disapproval with Canal+. The march was the latest in a series of activities to protest against the television’s broadcast. It was first held at the office of the “Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel” (CSA), which regulates television content in the country, before the protesters marched to the office of Canal+ Group. As part of its flagship comedy show codenamed DBQT, the television allowed a December 20, 2013 show that dug into the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in a manner that viewers who are conversant with the killings have called “unacceptable and intolerable.” The Saturday protests were organised after activists against Canal+ comedy on the Genocide were not satisfied with the group’s response that it did not mean to undermine the memory of the victims. More than 22,000 people have signed an online citizen petition that seeks an apology from Canal+, a private French pay TV channel, for the comedy sketch. Canal+ executives said their comedians had wanted to criticise how little some people in France and the Western world know or care about what happens in other countries, using the Genocide in Rwanda as an example. But the sketch irked many around the world, especially Rwandans, both at home and in the Diaspora. Legal action due Richard Gisagara, a French-Rwandan lawyer living in France, who is involved with the protests, says the activists still believe the comedy was “abject” and will now sue the television to seek both retraction and damages. “A case will probably be brought up against Canal+ by the end of the month. This will be done in the name of a person seeking justice for the victims and survivors and not in the name of an association,” he said. The lawyer said the civil case will come after the announcement of the position of the CSA on the comedy sketch, which is supposed to be communicated soon, according to the association of Rwandans in France. “Someone will be proving in court that their dignity or that of their parents or children was undermined by the comedy sketch,” he said. The manager of CSA, Marc El Nouchi, told a delegation representing the protestors on Saturday that his organisation will make a statement about what it makes of the comedy sketch before the end of the month. Gisagara said the body’s response will not stop his clients from suing Canal+ unless the latter makes a public apology and retract what activists see as undermining the memory of the Genocide. The online petition that demands Canal + to officially apologise insists that “genocide is not a laughing matter.” The activists say “disregard for the victims of a Genocide that claimed over a million lives in 100 days in 1994 will not be tolerated.” By Eugene Kwibuka,The New Times

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One on one with comedian Herve Kimenyi

Local comedian and actor HERVE KIMENYI spent the better part of November on a tour of Germany, casting in different plays in the cities of Berlin and Munich. Hervé Kimenyi. The New Times / File. Kimenyi is a founding member of Comedy Knights, the country’s first standup comedy group. MOSES OPOBO caught up with him for a recap of the tour, and what lies ahead in the New Year … Q: Welcome back. How was it touring Germany? A: Thank you! A few months ago, we were casted by the director of a Berlin theatre company called Gintersdofer/Klassen. They were working on a play called La Nouvelle Pensee Noir (The New Black Thinking). We stayed in Berlin for three weeks and then got to perform in Munich for the SpielArt theatre festival on the 15th, 16th and 17th of November. The SpielArt Theatre Festival is one of the biggest theatre festivals in Europe. Q: Now that you are back home, what is your next plan of action? A: Our next plan of action as the Comedy Knights is to produce more solo shows. We have already started with Arthur (fellow comedian) and it was a major success. Next will be Michael Sengazi, who was with me on the European tour, or myself; we are still discussing it. Q: How did you end up in comedy? A: To me, comedy was a happy career accident. I was called by a friend to be an MC at one of the shows and we ended up staying together for the four years. And I regret nothing. I didn’t think much what I wanted to be when I was a kid, but I knew I wanted to be on stage, always. The craziest thing I’ve ever done in that regard was to write an Oscar acceptance speech, when I was 13 or 14. Believe it or not, I still have it...

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Ndahayo on new Genocide film

U.S-based Rwandan filmmaker Gilbert Ndahayo is working on a short action film about the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi aptly “The Girl in the Ditch.” Gilbert Ndahayo “We want to make a 20 min high quality film, fiction based on survival and resilience of Rwandans,” Ndahayo told The New Times. “It is my thesis project. In the last seven years, I have been engaged more in documentary filmmaking but after the directors’ workshop that I’ll attend in Paris this fall, I will have learnt how to work with actors but, again, attempt to reconnect with the French New Wave Cinema,” he explained. In this project, Ndahayo will work with Laura M. Campos, a Spanish filmmaker he met in Germany in February at the prestigious Berlinale Talent Campus, which brought about 300 emerging filmmakers around the world. “At the time we met, I was shopping the first documentary of the trilogy I am releasing for the 20th commemoration of the Genocide. When I engaged her in a discussion, she came with a couple of narratives and we felt that our style matched so she has offered to produce the film. She has heard about Rwanda,” he added. Based on real events, “The Girl in the Ditch” is a drama (short film) set in the contemporary Rwanda. The film tells the story of a young lady, who is invited to speak at the 2014 Genocide commemoration event at a local stadium with an attendance of eleven thousand Genocide survivors. But she’s not yet ready. Coincidentally, she meets the man who abandoned her at the killing ditch 20 years earlier during the Genocide that claimed the lives of her entire family within 100 days. The film, which portrays forgiveness, is Ndahayo’s first short action film and, like himself, most of the actors in the film are survivors of the Genocide. By Bryan Kimenyi, The New Times

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Rwandans in Madagascar mark Genocide

Rwandans living in Madagascar and neighbouring regions in the Indian Ocean met in the country’s capital Antananarivo to commemorate the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Rwandans in Madagascar take part in a Walk to Remember in Antananarivo at the weekend. The New Times/ Courtesy photo. The commemoration, at the weekend, was marked by mass and a Walk to Remember. According to Jacqueline Uwamwiza, the vice chairperson of the Rwandan Diaspora in the Indian Ocean region, about 100 people participated in the event, including ordinary Rwandans, Malagasies, diplomats, and representatives from the United Nations. Uwamwiza, who is one of the people who delivered a speech on behalf of the Rwandan community, highlighted the key messages, including the obligation to fight those who deny the Genocide against the Tutsi, the will of Rwandans to move forward after what happened and build a country that is self-reliant, as well as the promotion of human dignity worldwide. “Rwandans have the testimony of how brotherhood has won over divisionism, how courage has won over despair. They have to pursue their resilience and fight against dependence,” Uwamwiza told participants at the event, which took place in the compound of the UN Mission in Madagascar. The mourners watched a movie about the Genocide and looked at photos of Genocide victims as part of the mourning and remembrance of those who were killed in the 100-day slaughter that claimed the lives of more than a million Rwandans. By Eugene Kwibuka, The New Times

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