Sometimes In April

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When the Hutu nationalists raised arms against their Tutsi countrymen in the African nation of Rwanda in April of 1994, the violent uprising marked the beginning of one of the darkest times in African history. Over the course of the next 100 days, brother would turn against brother, tearing families apart and resulting in the death of almost 800,000 people. Based on actual events that occurred during the uprising, Raoul Peck's affecting war drama tells the tale of two such brothers, whose differing loyalties ...
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Overview

When the Hutu nationalists raised arms against their Tutsi countrymen in the African nation of Rwanda in April of 1994, the violent uprising marked the beginning of one of the darkest times in African history. Over the course of the next 100 days, brother would turn against brother, tearing families apart and resulting in the death of almost 800,000 people. Based on actual events that occurred during the uprising, Raoul Peck's affecting war drama tells the tale of two such brothers, whose differing loyalties found them on opposing sides of the conflict, and whose lives would never be the same following this tragic turn of events.
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A lesser-seen companion piece to Hotel Rwanda, HBO Films' Sometimes in April may be even more capable of rattling the viewer's core than its Oscar-nominated cousin. That's because where Hotel Rwanda made the artistic choice to shy away from the violence, Sometimes in April is unflinching, giving the 1994 Rwandan genocide a greater sense of visceral reality in the process. There are moments in this film when the viewer thinks "Oh no, they couldn't have really done that" -- but yes, in the process of slaughtering 800,000 in two months, marauding soldiers really did do those terrible things. Idris Elba and Pamela Nomvete lead the way with their intense performances -- as righteous as they're able to be without giving these hair-trigger thugs an excuse to spontaneously execute them. Like the most powerful cinematic depictions of tragedy are uniquely capable of doing, Sometimes in April introduces viewers to a world free from behavioral guidelines, and the chaos that results. As much as Raoul Peck's film delves into specific stories -- following a career soldier whose mixed marriage makes him a target, as well as a wounded school mistress -- the film also gives plenty of over-arching background on the decades-long clash between Hutus and Tutsis. It deftly straddles two time periods -- the immediate days and weeks of the killings, and the psychological post mortem a decade later. Where it's not particularly strong is when checking in with bureaucrats back in the U.S. (Debra Winger and Noah Emmerich), who are handcuffed by the Clinton administration's policy of non-intervention, and therefore, complicit in spite of themselves. These sections feel perfunctory. Everything else feels bold and devastatingly intimate -- appropriate for a film actually shot in Rwanda, some of it on the very hotel grounds where some Rwandans improbably found what most of their countrymen could not: refuge.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2013
  • UPC: 883316757185
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Hbo Archives
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 2:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 40,440

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Idris Elba Augustin Muganza
Debra Winger Prudence Bushnell
Carole Karemara Jeanne
Pamela Nomvete Martine
Michelle Rugema Anne-Marie
Oris Erhuero Honore
Fraser James Xavier
Noah Emmerich Lionel Craig
Sonia Ntare
Technical Credits
Raoul Peck Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Benoit Barouh Production Designer
Sylvie Brochere Casting
Nicolas Cambois Asst. Director
Kisha Imani Cameron Associate Producer
Jacques Comets Editor
Bruno Coulais Score Composer
Daniel Delume Producer
Eric Devulder Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Guichard Cinematographer
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound/Sound Designer
Paule Mangenot Costumes/Costume Designer
Joel Stillerman Executive Producer
Stéphane Thiébaut Sound/Sound Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I have been to Rwanda and ....

    I am an American that was alive and shocked when JFK was assisnated I lived in NY when two planes hit the WYC on 9/11 but no other story continues to break my heart like this one. I have seen the beautiful children of Rwanda, held their hands and held them in my arms. And then I saw the genocide memorials at Kigali and other places, and it broke my heart. These are beautiful people, and I think there is no better movie than this one to help us realize in small part what happened in Rwanda. Hotel Rwanda was great, fantastic - but this was even better. Be aware - it is powerful and disturbing - and it should be. If it wasn't, it wouldn't be telling the truth. The country is still reeling from this devastation, as well as poverty, AIDS, and drought. If there is any way you know that you can help support this country - do it. World Vision is doing a great work.

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