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by The Staff on September 26, 2012


From April to July 1994, approximately 800,000 people were murdered in the East African nation of Rwanda. It was a genocide that shocked the world, both for the ferocity and speed of the killings and the impotent reaction of the United Nations (and the United States).

The film Kinyarwanda, the title of which refers to the common language of Rwandans, is a true story from this genocide, and will be screened Friday (Sept. 28) by the New York State Writers Institute. It tells the “heroic true story of . . . Muslim clergy who risked their lives to save both Tutsi and pacifist Hutu.” (The ethnic Hutu government was behind the genocide; the ethnic Tutsi were the principle victims.) The film’s producer, Darren Dean, and one of the stars, Hadidja Zaninka, will be on hand to introduce this harrowing drama.

Kinyarwanda will be screened tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 28) at 7:30 PM at the University at Albany’s Page Hall (135 Western Ave., Albany). The public reception with the producer and actress will be held before the screening, at 6:30 PM. Admission is free. For more info, call the New York State Writers Institute at 442-5620.