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Yesterday in Rwanda

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Davina Pardo
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 14 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

Yesterday in Rwanda is a haunting film that focuses on one survivor of the genocide and her experience of trauma, displacement and hope.

Claire Wihogora emigrated to Canada in 1998, four years after her father, brother and countless other family and friends were killed. The film portrays Claire carrying on with her life today in Toronto, while inevitably haunted by terrible memories of Rwanda.

On film she recounts how she and her sister hid in the brush while all around her people were massacred. Nothing can help her forget the hundred days when 800,000 members of the Hutu and Tutsi tribes were slaughtered. Yet she finds comfort in telling her story in schools "to share it to make sure it never happens again." Also, she has founded Women in Rwanda, which links female genocide survivors now living in North America in a support system.

The film achieves a fascinating interplay of past and present, as images from Claire's everyday life in Toronto (grey tones) are differentiated from the images of Kigali rendered in color.

"A powerful documentary...bearing witness to the tragedy and beautifully shot impressionistic images of Toronto and Rwanda." - Toronto International Film Festival Daily

Screened at Toronto International Film Festival, 2005
Spotlight on Docs, IFP Market, 2005
Vancouver International Film Festival, 2005