Interesting example of ethnographic film. Particular use of the camera as a political element in the process of comunal activities. ¿But how does it construct the image of the conflict? It has a very sensible approach and the spectator gets a true feeling of the story. It manages, through film, to elevate the particularism of Rwandan conflict/post-conflict to convey a discussion over human nature.
My Neighbour, My Killer tracks Rwanda's slow, complex and terribly painful pursuit of reconciliation and justice through the struggles of two Rwandan women who confront the neighbours that killed their families and now still live among them. Agonising, heartrending and incredibly powerful.
A worthy addition to the number of documentaries on the Rwandan genocide of 1994 this time with a focus on the government policy of reconciliation. Tribunals are set where the prisoner can confess and ask for forgiveness before being given a conditional release. However the lack of remorse, lack of admission of guilt/responsibility, and the convenient excuse of 'fighting a war' or 'following orders' is chilling.
With a 100,000 Hutus imprisoned for the deaths of over 1,000,000 Tutsis, how can a nation ever recover? The tribal courts that were put in motion are an unsatisfactory, but on many levels necessary antidote to a country that is slowly building itself again from scratch.
Disturbing film that reminds me, albeit in a much lesser and hollywood fictional sense, of the concept used in "The Purge" in that I often wonder how people around me would behave if certain rules were brought in that in effect dehumanised or arbitrarily discriminated against others. This horrific real life situation proves how far people can go with both brutality and forgiveness.
I do not understand how human beings can commit these atrocities, or why. Why does America still drop bombs on villages every day? Couldn't we profit by dropping a million dollars on every school? Couldn't there be profit in feeding people instead of killing them? Does anyone know right from wrong? Someone please explain to me why the world is like this and why we don't all take care of each other instead of murder..