The Uncondemned | Chicago Reader

The Uncondemned

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, an estimated 800,000 people—mostly Tutsis—were massacred in just 100 days by the Hutus (the majority ethnic group). Three years later a United Nations-backed international tribunal in Tanzania sought the first-ever conviction of genocide as a legally defined crime when it tried Jean-Paul Akayesu for atrocities he condoned or perpetrated while he was mayor of Taba, a Rwandan commune. In their eye-opening documentary, directors Nick Louvel and Michele Mitchell reveal how the young, idealistic prosecutors, already overextended, uncovered evidence of the systematic violation, torture, mutilation, and enslavement of women in Taba; they soon after amended their case to add rape to Akayesu's list of crimes against humanity. Interviewees include three resolute female survivors of the ethnic cleansing, who testified at great risk. In English and subtitled French and Kinyarwanda.

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