Movie Shows Struggle of Forgiveness in Rwanda

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One of the main perpetrators of Rwanda's 1994 genocide has been sentenced to life in prison.

Lt. Col. Tharcisse Renzaho was governor of the Rwandan capital, Kilgali, during the genocide, giving him authority over the police force.

The court said he incited the killings and urged soldiers and Hutu militia civilians to construct roadblocks where they could intercept and kill fleeing Tutsis.

An estimated 1 million Rwandans were killed in that 1994 genocide and nearly a million widows and orphans were left in its wake.

The genocide ended when a rebel group led by Paul Kagame -- who is now president of Rwanda -- seized control of the country.

More than 50,000 genocide perpetrators have been returned back to the communities they helped destroy because of overcrowded prisons.

But have the families of those affected forgiven these men?

That's the question posed to the subjects of the documentary, As We Forgive.  The film follows two Rwandan women as they come face-to-face with the men who slaughtered their families during the genocide.

As We Forgive was directed by Laura Waters Hinson and has won multiple awards, including the 2008 Student Academy Award for "Best Documentary."

CBN News spoke with Hinson about her film and its impact on Rwanda. Click play for her comments.

*Originally aired July 15, 2009

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