28 January 2019, 7.15pm
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda saw around one million people killed within 100 days. The grim statistics of conflict and slaughter hide personal stories of devastation, bravery and survival.
Survivor and former Rwandan goalkeeper Eric Murangwa and filmmaker Joanna Kos-Krauze joins writer and documentary film director, David Belton, to reflect on these stories this Holocaust Memorial Day.
David Belton first came to Rwanda in May 1994 to cover the genocide for the BBC’s Newsnight programme. In 2004 he co-wrote the story and produced the feature film, Shooting Dogs. Starring Sir John Hurt and Hugh Dancy, the film was based on the events that took place in April 1994 at the Ecole Technique Officielle in Kigali. In 2014 David wrote When the Hills Ask for Your Blood: A Personal Story of Genocide and Rwanda, described by The Independent as ‘illuminating and profoundly moving.’
Eric Murangwa is a survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. A goalkeeper for the renowned Rayon Sports Football Club now based in Kigali, he and most of his immediate family survived the genocide in part thanks to the courage and humanity shown by his teammates. Eric is now a genocide education campaigner and a sport for development and peace advocate. In 2017 he was awarded an MBE for his service for raising awareness of the genocide. He has established an organization, Football for Hope, Peace and Unity, which uses football as a tool to promote tolerance.
Joanna Kos-Krauze is one of the most significant directors in contemporary Polish cinema. She has received over two hundreds international and Polish awards for her work. Her film Birds Are Singing in Kigali tells a story of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, personal connections and discovering yourself through a perilous journey. She is a President of Polish Guild of Film Directors.