Keepers of Memory

  • Gardiens de la mémoire
Genre : Drama
Type : Documentary
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Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv, History/society
Year of production : 2004
Format : Mid-length
Running time : 52 (in minutes)

Keepers of Memory is hugely valuable testament to the importance of peacemaking and forgiveness in post-genocide Rwanda. As opposed to a number of high profile international films dealing with the 1994 Rwandan genocide, this films is home-grown production, and crucial examples of how Rwandans themselves are dealing with the traumatic memory of the genocide through film.

Through eyewitness accounts and gripping footage, acclaimed director Eric Kabera's Keepers of Memory takes the viewer on an emotional and at times harrowing journey into the Rwandan genocide, its survivors, and the memorials created in the victims' honour. The film focuses on the personal accounts of men and women who watch over the sacred burial sites keeping the memories alive for future generations. 

Eric Kabera, Rwanda, 2005, 52 minutes, Rated 15
English and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles


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