Nous sommes tous Rwandais (We Are All Rwandans)

  • Nous sommes tous Rwandais (We Are All Rwandans)
Genre : Social
Type : Fiction
Original title : Twese Turi Abanyarwanda
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2007
Format : Short
Running time : 25 (in minutes)

Three years have passed since the genocide, and Rwanda is looking to the future. In Nyange school, students Helene, Valens, Seraphine and Emmauel are friends regardless of their Hutu and Tutsi backgrounds: they play sports, match-make and enjoy life like normal teenagers, encouraged by their teacher Murigande to address the issues resulting from 1994's atrocities. But on March 18th 1997, rebels attack the school, bent on massacre and destabilising Rwanda's fragile peace. The friends find themselves alone and defenseless, and faced with the decision of their lives: separate and betray their Tutsi friends - or risk everything to stand together. We Are All Rwandans is a true story, dramatised with the help of surviving students, and filmed on location in Nyange school in western Rwanda.

RWANDA/UK / 2007 / 25 mins
Language: Kinyarwanda
Director: Debs Gardner-Paterson
Producers: Ayuub Kasasa Mago, Sven Pannell
Screenwriters: Ayuub Kasasa Mago, Debs Gardner-Paterson
Principal Cast: Gladys Uwera, Kennedy Mazimpaka, Solange Umuhire, Sonia Uwimbabazi, Viateur Munderere
Genre: Drama

If you would like to order a copy of We Are All Rwandans on DVD (which comes as a double disk set with the DVD - french & english subtitles - and the beautiful original soundtrack on CD), please contact us. The usual price is £8 (of which £5 goes to school sponsorship and the fund to support survivors of the Nyange attack in Rwanda), plus £2 p&p.

Either contact Debs direct if you have her details or use the form at

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2008 | Bend Film Festival | BEND (Oregon), Usa | 9-12 Oct
* Selection

2008 | Non-Violence International Film Festival | Cambridge, Ontario, Canada | September
* Selection

2008 | LA Shorts | LOS ANGELES, Usa
* Selection

2008 | Jacksonville Film Festival | JACKSONVILLE, USa | From May 15-21st |
* Selection [Programme:'the Short of It']
* Selection [Programme:''Black Cinema'']
* Selection [Programme:'World of Docs']
2008 | Cannes International Film Festival | CANNES, France | from May 14th-26th |
* Registered: Short Film Corner

2008 | Phoenix Film Festival |
* Best World Cinema Short


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