Haitian Director Raoul Peck felt that this was a story that HAD to be told to the World and wanted to make his film in the actual Country and locations that were significant during the time in 1994 when Rwandan Hutus murdered over 800,000 of their fellow Rwandans who were Tutsis,men-women-children of all and any age,from babies to old people.None were safe from the bullet of the Soldier or the Machete of the tribesman. The film directed by Peck is based on true facts and is built around two brothers, one more politically aware and active than the other and when the plane of the Rwandan President who happens to be a Hutu is shot down,all hell breaks loose as the assassins are naturally assumed to be Tutsis.Hutus hit the streets hunting down Tutsis and killing them like wild animals in revenge. The politically naive brother Augustin(Idris Elba) asks the other Honore(Oris Erhuero)if he can move his wife and children out of the area past the now set-up road blocks as he knows people on them and he agrees to help.But things NEVER go to plan do they?? This film depicts I think probably as near to what it must have actually been like to have been there as you're going to get or want to feel?There are too many sad points to mention, too many times that you have a lump in your throat - the school scene for one example? However this is a story that needed to be told and I think Raoul Peck has done a superb job,he has written the screenplay as well which is marvellous and the acting really is faultless.Why didn't it get an Oscar?
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