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Immacul?e Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
Miraculously, Immacul?e survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the ...
Immaculée Ilibagiza grew up in a country she loved, surrounded by a family she cherished. But in 1994 her idyllic world was ripped apart as Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans.
Miraculously, Immaculée survived the slaughter. For 91 days, she and seven other women huddled silently together in the cramped bathroom of a local pastor’s home while hundreds of machete-wielding killers hunted for them. . . .
Now, the award-winning and three-time Academy Award®nominated documentary film producer Steve Kalafer (More, Curtain Call, Bottom of the Ninth, Price of Freedom, Going Home, and Sister Rose’s Passion) brings together the same creative and production team for their most challenging and powerful cinematic journey.
The Diary of Immaculée reveals the horrific, yet inspiring story of a remarkable woman’s experiences in the midst of one of history’s most tragic events. Immaculée Ilibagiza, and others who were there, will tell you what happened . . . and you shall never forget it. With powerful and emotional on-camera appearances from the good Samaritans who kept Immaculée alive in Rwanda, to inspirational personalities such as Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Carl Wilkens, this amazing story of a journey through the darkness of holocaust will touch your heart and soul.
This is a documentary that will take you to a place where horror and hope and hatred and love lived side by side, clasping hands and breathing the same air. With unwavering faith and courage, one young woman faced the threat of unspeakable acts; endured incomparable despair; and quietly, graciously, and bravely came through the living hell of holocaust searching for safety, peace, and an everlasting Heaven.
The Diary of Immaculée is a film that abounds with drama and compassion . . . and makes us all realize that heroes and heroines will always walk among us.
Posted June 15, 2006
This film opened my eyes to a horror beyond comprehension. In '94 I barely remember hearing about the genocide in Rwanda. This film tells and shows you more than you ever wanted to (but need to!) know about the genocide that occurred. It tells the story, through the experiences of Immaculee Illibagiza (SP?)who was a young woman hidden by a good pastor during the genocide. She spent three months in a bathroom listening to the screams of her fellow Tutsis as the elderly and even infants were slaughtered just outside her hiding place. In the end, the film leaves you hopeful as Immaculee forgives her killers and moves on just as her country was forced to. Everyone should learn about this atrocity so that this time it really does NEVER happen AGAIN!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.