With fingernails that shine like justice...

and a voice that is dark like tinted glass, she is fast, thorough and sharp as a tack. She is touring the facility and picking up slack...

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Sometimes in April

I just got done watching one of the most powerful movies I have ever seen. I not only cried, but sobbed uncontrollably. Sometimes in April is one of the most disturbing and moving pieces of film I have ever seen. The acting is honest and raw, the depictions of violent slaughter, vivid and unsettling. The scale of the Rwandan massacre is shown in horrific detail.

Unlike Hotel Rwanda, it doesn't tell just one person's story. It revolves around a few - Augustin, a moderate Hutu military officer, married to a Tutsis who takes refuge in the Kigali Hotel; his brother, Honore, a radical radio personality who broadcasts against Tutsis and is put on trial; and Martine, a survivor who later becomes Augustin's partner. It passes back and forth from the beginning of the genocide to the 2004 trials.

This is a movie that must be seen....if not to see what happened, then to find out how the world's most powerful nations disgraced themselves by doing nothing while 800,000 innocent men, women and children were brutally slaughtered in a mere 100 days.

When the movie was over, I felt ashamed and sad. Americans were more consumed, during the genocide, by the suicide of Kurt Cobain than by the slaughter of tens of thousands of Africans.

Even today, we seem to care more about Brangelina and what an asshole Tom Cruise is, than the ongoing genocide in Sudan.

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