At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other.
Kinyarwanda is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza. It recounts how the Imams opened the doors of the mosques to give refuge to the Tutsi and those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing.
The film interweaves six different tales that together form one grand narrative of human resilience during the genocide.
:: Audience Award, Sundance, 2011
:: Best International Film, AFI, 2011
:: Winner of four international awards
:: Director: Alrick Brown
:: Writers: Alrick Brown & Ishmael Ntihabose
:: Cleophas Kabasita
:: Hadidja Zaninka
:: Marc Gwamaka