Monday, March 27, 2006

Shooting Dogs gets world premiere

Rwandan genocide film Shooting Dogs will have its world premiere at a football stadium in the capital Kigali on Monday in front of 5,000 guests.

The audience will include survivors and families of the victims of the 1994 massacres and President Paul Kagame.

The film features hundreds of Rwandans, including some genocide survivors.

It centres on events at a school complex in Kigali in 1994 when the militia attacked people hiding inside after the UN pulled out of the site.

Directed by Michael Caton-Jones, it stars John Hurt as a priest and Hugh Dancy as a teacher who have to decide whether to leave the Rwandans to their fate and save themselves or stand with them and face the consequences.

UK release

"I am delighted that Shooting Dogs will be shown in Kigali," said the Rwandan minister of culture, youth and sports, Joseph Habineza.

"The film-making was a most rewarding experience for the thousands of Rwandans who participated."

"The story that is told in the film is an important contribution to this country's recent history and I believe can help in the process of reconciliation that we have been building in Rwanda for more than a decade," he added.

The UK premiere will take place on Thursday in London, ahead of its nationwide release on Friday.

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