100 Days in Rwanda

Friday, April 11, 2014


Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the start of Rwandan Genocide. In the massacre, which took place over one hundred days, more than 800,000 minority Tutsis were slaughtered by members of the Hutu majority. In 2002, Brooke spoke with director and producer Nick Hughes about his film 100 Days in Rwanda, and about creating an historical fiction which used a love story to humanize the slaughter.


Nick Hughes

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [3]

James Abbott from Ottawa, Canada

Nick Hughes has insight on Rwanda that most of the world doesn't. And the truth about the UN's action/lack of action before and during the genocide will never fully emerge. However, it is ludicrous of him to simply say that the UN peacekeepers 'all ran away'. That is untrue. One even gave his life to save hundreds of Rwandans during the violence (Capt. Mbaye Diagne, from Senegal).

Apr. 13 2014 05:02 PM
Ed from Larchmont

What could he have done? He would have been slaughtered himself. Yes, he could have sacrificed his life, but morally speaking we are not required to be heroes. Some have the courage to do so, most don't. It's not his fault these people decided to slaughter their neighbors, we need to place guilt where it belongs.
In the meantime, the photographer (who did a service by bringing these pictures to our awareness) needs to forgive himself ... is he Catholic? He can go to Confession.

Apr. 13 2014 04:05 PM
L W Calhoun from Atlanta

Dear Brook,

You can listen to Nick Hughes and hear the shame in his voice for being, seeing the horror, and doing nothing more than hold his camera.

He expects the World to do something ? The World was not there... he was... and he did nothing just like everyone else.

I hope your friend is not a recovering alcoholic. If so, he may relapse. If not, he might start.

Your colleague might need therapy. Keep tab on him.

Apr. 13 2014 02:54 PM

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