Whereas our ancestors preferred to keep history through folk tales, this generation has chosen to preserve history through tele-drama. In his 100 Days, Eric Kabera dramatizes the genocide events that happened in 1994 to almost the real-time experience. Besides being a film maker, Kabera was also deeply hurt by this same tragedy in which he lost over 30 family members. His life was only saved because he chose to seek an asylum to Zaire, the present Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
To present the side of his story, he prefers not to make it personal. He tells the genocide story in general. The movie is weaved around the period towards the end of the genocide; early April 1994 through mid-July of the same year. The movie is precisely centralized on the story of a young girl; Josette struggling to find safety in a church amidst the violence that is engulfing her country.
What is so unique in this movie is that he features actually survivors of the genocide in the place of real actors. The story is well told form an experience-based point on view and most importantly shot in the very sites where the massacre took place.
This is not an exciting memory, but it is still a part of the Rwandan story. Today we have the genocide memorial as a site set apart for only that. Once you come to Rwanda, its fine to document Rwanda gorillas, visit the national parks, go back packing but it also comes in handy once you choose to learn more about the country’s history by paying a personal visit to this place.