Boy standing in field hanging up drawings on clothesline.

One of the Thousand Hills

(Une des mille collines)

Almost a million people were murdered during the Rwandan genocide. Now, 30 years later, the perpetrators and the survivors are once again living in close proximity in the same villages. But can they ever truly reconcile?

Some experts label the genocide in Rwanda as the worst in modern history. Over the course of a mere 4 months about 70% of all Rwandan Tutsis were killed, including children. Siblings Olivier, Fidéline and Fiacre were all under the age of 10 when their neighbours murdered them and tried to erase all proof that they ever existed. This film shot in their native village is a tribute to their memory. It captures the confrontation between their murderers and the survivors and their families who still live here. The result is not only a shattering testimony of ruthlessness, but also a reflection on guilt and punishment, which raises a burning question: is it possible to ask for forgiveness for such terrible acts – and to grant it?

Prague Municipal Library – Small Hall, Mariánské nám. 1, Praha 1

Aleš Matějka, Moderator
Čeněk Pýcha, Historian

Kino Pilotů – Cinema Hall A, Donská 168/189, Praha 10

TitleOne of the Thousand Hills
Original TitleUne des mille collines
Original LanguageFrench
Subtitles Czech, English
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginBelgium
Length80 min.
Tags Justice, Missuse of Power, Africa
Director Bernard Bellefroid

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