Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit (Rwanda: 2009)


Gilbert Nbahayo

Cast list

George W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Ban Ki-moon
Celine Murengezi
Gilbert Ndahayo
Celistin Ruhumuriza
Fidele Sakindi


Written by: Gilbert Nbahayo

Produced by: Gilbert Nbahayo

Edited by: Gilbert Nbahayo


Years after the infamous Rwandan genocide of 1994, the bodies of Tutsi victims are finally being exhumed from the mass grave they were buried in so that surviving family members can perform a dignified funeral. The "deadly pit" is located in director Gilbert Ndahayo's home village in Rwanda. Ndahayo is a survivor himself and the documentary is in part autobiographical as he seeks to come to terms with the murder of his parents and younger sister. Ndahayo's story, which includes an interview with the man who killed his parents, is interspersed with the stories of other survivors from the village, as well as archival footage of world leaders speaking about their own tremendous failings. The documentary is a gripping example of "cinema verité" which explores the extent of human mercy on both personal and national levels and questions the role played by Western powers and the Catholic Church in the genocide.

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Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit Rwanda 2009 Gilbert Nbahayo
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