Sonia Rolland and her movie “Rwanda, History of a reconstruction” against genocide denial
Franco-Rwanda Sonia Rolland, author of “Rwanda, history of a reconstruction” in 2014 was invited by LCP Radio on April 11th, 2016 to discuss with Jean-Marie Vianney Ndagijimana, former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Rwanda (1994) ; François Loncle, socialist MP for Eure and former member of the French Parliamentary Mission on Rwanda (1998), and RFI journalist M. Boisbouvier.
Sonia Rolland’s movie was praised for its ability to give voice to various players, including academics, sociologists, politicians and human rights activists.
Both the questions of reconciliation between Hutus and Tutsis, France and Rwanda and of genocide denial coming, amongst others, from Rwandan officials in charge in 1994 were at the heart of the discussion.
In this context, the economical and social reconstruction of the country is shown as a process permitted by a relearning of democratic values thanks to the Unity and Reconciliation programs and traditional justice with Gacaca.
Finally, the lack of actions taken by some officials, French and Rwandese, in favor of an open and complete recognition of the genocide against the Tutsis and its perpetrators , was pointed out. Thus leading M. Loncle to question the issue of renewn political relations between France and Rwanda which could be solved, does he say “if no fuel is added to the fire”.
To learn more, see here (French).
"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan