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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… More

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"It adds texture to the central facts: This happened, and this matters."
‑ David DeWitt, New York Times
"Kinyarwanda offers glimpses into the lives of Rwandans, young and old, religious and radicalized, in the wake of nightmarish carnage."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"I've been to Rwanda. I have a strong perspective on the genocide."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"All respect to Alrick Brown for giving audiences a fresh take on the Rwandan genocide. In a movie that was shot in 16 days, viewers will be educated and moved."
‑ Clay Cane,
"While hardly an all-inclusive look at this complex conflict, paints a heartfelt, fairly restrained picture of a nation under siege."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Each vignette adds to the mosaic. Characters from one turn up in another. Gradually a powerful outcome is arrived at."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"fitting tribute and memorial to the million Rwandan souls who lost their lives"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"An inspirational, modern morality play apt to restore your faith in humanity."
‑ Kam Williams,
"The end result is a film that's un- deniably moving in its depiction of life under siege, in which horrific violence coexists with everyday emotions."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Cast with both professional and novice actors (which results in uneven performances), the beautifully shot film is filled with exquisite moments..."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"As the varied characters organically intersect and intertwine, both the diversity of perspectives and shared oneness of this horrible experience are clearly seen and intimately felt."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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