Kinyarwanda (2011)

During the Rwandan genocide, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect each other.

At the time of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. Interweaving six different tales to form one grand narrative, KINYARWANDA is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the madrassa of Nyanza.

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Domestic Distributor: SnagFilms, Breaking Glass Pictures
  • NOMINATED: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture (2012)
  • NOMINATED: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (2012)
  • NOMINATED: NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (2012)
  • Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for World Cinema Dramatic Competition
  • Heartland Film Festival Crystal Heart Award
  • Starz Denver Film Festival Audience Award
  • AFI Film Festival World Cinema Audience Award
  • Skip City Film Festival Grand Prize Sony D-Cinema Award


  • Sundance Film Festival, World Cinema Dramatic Competition (2011)
  • AFI Film Festival (2011)
  • Heartland Film Festival (2011)
  • Skip City International D-Cinema Film Festival (2011)
  • Starz Denver Film Festival (2011)
  • Cleveland International Film Festival (2011)
  • Ashland Film Festival (2011)
  • Philadelphia Cinefest (2011)
  • Florida Film Festival (2011)
  • Sarasota Film Festival (2011)
  • Downtown Boca Film Festival (2011)
  • Nashville Film Festival (2011)
  • 360/365 George Eastman Film Festival (2011)
  • Langston Hughes Film Festival (2011)
  • San Francisco International Film Festival (2011)
  • Berkshire International Film Festival (2011)