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Friday, April 6, 2007

Film festival marks genocide

Seven films, six of them unreleased in Japan and all of them shot in Rwanda, will be screened as part of the Memories of Rwanda Film Festival, taking place April 7-20 at Uplink Factory in Shibuya, Tokyo. The festival's program aims to inform viewers about how the 100-day-long genocide, which took the lives of more than 800,000 people, occurred.

The festival will screen feature films, including Raoul Peck's "Sometimes in April," a before-and-after look at the effect of the genocide, shorts and documentaries, including two directed by Eric Kabera, founder of the Rwanda Cinema Centre in 2001.

The festival is part of the UNHCR's "Africa Campaign" that seeks to raise awareness about life, culture and social issues on the continent. For more information, visit cinemaafrica.com/

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