Running time: 130 minutes
When civil war in Rwanda have begun Augustin Muganza was a soldier of army, but what happened during the 3 months of 1994 changed his life completely.
In 1994 Augustin Muganza was an officer in Rwandan army, who tried to stay away from politics and the raising tension in the country. The century-long conflict between Hutu and Tutsi was about to erupt into scenes of horror on the streets of Kigali, but Augustin was hoping the rumours about violent solution were just rumours despite what his brother was telling him. Honore was working in local radio station, which gave him a celebrity status, but what he was doing in the programs was a disgraceful for Augustin. Honore was just one of the tools in Hutu propaganda pushing the masses to open conflict. Honore several times warned Augustin that because of his marriage to a Tutsi woman he might be the target for Hutu militia and that his name is present on the lists of traitors distributed among Hutus preparing for the genocide. With death of the president the Hutu militia started to hunt Tutsi people and killing them wherever they were found. The streets were full of roadblocks, angry mob and piles of dead bodies. Augustin, desperate to evacuate his family from Kigali, asks Honore for help.
French-American film about genocide in Rwanda, but unlike famous Hotel Rwanda Sometimes in April concentrates not only on fate of several people trapped in the middle of hell on earth, but also on the efforts of American administration of president Clinton to stay away from the conflict and thus leave hundreds of thousands of civilians for dead. While the story of Sometimes in April is fiction the powerful message of the film is unforgettable.
Our rating: 7.6 / 10
Film value: 8 / 10
Realism factor: 4 / 5
Adventure factor: 3 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 4 / 5
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.
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