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Sometimes in April
Sometimes in April
Actors: Idris Elba, Carole Karemera, Pamela Nomvete, Oris Erhuero, Fraser James
Director: Raoul Peck
Genres: Drama, Military & War
UR     2005     2hr 20min

(Drama) In April 1994, one of the most heinous genocides in world history began in the African nation of Rwanda. Over the course of 100 days, an estimated 800,000 people were killed in a terrifying purge by Hutu nationalis...  more »


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Actors: Idris Elba, Carole Karemera, Pamela Nomvete, Oris Erhuero, Fraser James
Director: Raoul Peck
Creators: Eric Guichard, Raoul Peck, Jacques Comets, Daniel Delume, Joel Stillerman, Kisha Imani Cameron
Genres: Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Family Life, Military & War
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/10/2005
Original Release Date: 03/19/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 03/19/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 20min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English, Kinyarwanda, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Member Movie Reviews

Barbara A. from SUN CITY, CA
Reviewed on 8/26/2008...
Perhaps a contender for a repeat Rawanda movie, but this one is far deeper and individualized. Idris Elba is fantastic as the grieving soldier who is forced to search for his entire family and yet stay loyal to his country. I have watched Hotel Rawanda at least 5 times, but Sometimes in April has a totally deeper feeling - and it makes me wonder why our government stood by as Debra Winger tried so hard to get help for the people of Rawanda. Even better than Hotel Rawanda, Sometimes in April has our feelings run far stronger and the rain never stopping.
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Movie Reviews

One of the best films of the new year,
Russell Fanelli | Longmeadow, MA USA | 04/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"HBO continues to make exceptional films that should be seen in theaters and Sometimes in April is no exception. Without sensationalizing the violence of the Hutus against the Tutsis in 1994, director/writer Raoul Peck nonetheless dramatizes the horror of the mass murder that took place in Rwanda.

One scene in particular illustrates the contrast of vicious Hutu army killers with the heroism of their victims. The Hutu army has stormed a Christian Preparatory School for girls and found a young black teacher with fifty or so of her students hiding in a large classroom space. The army officer demands that the Hutus among the girls step away from their classmates, not knowing that the girls have already decided to stay together and support each other. The officer becomes frustrated with the rejection of his order and opens fire with his men killing all but three of the young women.

Time and again cowardly, machete wielding Hutu thugs are confronted with the heroism of their victims. Hutu radio has characterized all Tutsis as "cockroaches" and exhorts all Hutus to completely eliminate them from society. In a little over three months over a million Tutsis and their Hutu supporters are brutally murdered.

How could the world, and in particular we in the United States, have watched with indifference? The answer seems to be that Rwanda is a poor, small country in the center of Africa with no strategic or commercial importance to anyone. Debra Winger plays the part of a key Washington official who tries to persuade the government to intervene, but with little or no support from anyone.

At the heart of Sometimes in April is the story of a captain in the Hutu army who has a Tutsi wife and three children. This young officer experiences the tragedy of the genocide as he attempts to protect his family against the stupidity and evil that engulf his country. The fact that he is Hutu and an outstanding officer with a fine record makes no difference in determining the fate of his family or anyone else with Tutsi blood.

Sometimes in April is an outstanding film that is sure to be in contention for honors as one of the best movies in 2005. Those viewers unable to see this film on HBO are encouraged to get the DVD. They will not be disappointed."
Even more powerful than Hotel Rwanda
Schtinky | California | 05/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Sometimes In April is a shocking portrayal of the lives of Rwandan survivors Augustine Muganza (excellently played by Idris Elba) and Sister Martine (talented Pamela Nomvete). While lacking the flair of Hotel Rwanda, `Sometimes' makes up for flash with brutal reality of the atrocities committed in 1994.

The movie bounces back and forth between the genocide in 1994 and 2004, when Augustine's brother Honore is on trial for his involvement with the genocide through his radio broadcasts on RTLM "Hutu Radio" show. Honore was a journalist who got caught up in the propaganda he spewed out over the airwaves, until the violence comes to his own family.

In 2004, Augustine is with Martine, and the movie goes backward in time from Honore's trial to document the horrors that both Augustine and Martine survived. This made for HBO movie is much more graphic than theater-released Hotel Rwanda, brutally shoving into your face the mass murder of innocent catholic schoolgirls, horrific testimony from a mother who was tortured and raped for days on end, and the callus indifference of the westernized world.

"It's just Rwandans killing Rwandans," says one official. "We have no oil, no dams, there is nothing in Rwanda for you," says Rwandan militia member, encouraging the US to stay out of the genocide. Equally as appalling as the mass murders are real-clips from Prudence Bushnell as she coldly described how the US classified Genocide, and all the political back-speak as the western nations tried to cover their impassiveness with words while one million human beings died.

Sometimes In April is a powerful, must-see movie, but not for the squeamish or feint of heart. It is brutal, and reminds us to "Never Forget". Expertly directed by Raoul Peck and filled with unknown but very talented actors, `Sometimes' will grab your attention and not let you go until the end. I did find the movie a bit hard to follow at times with the time-jumps, but not overwhelmingly so. Horrifically good movie with realistic portrayal. Enjoy!
A Film Even More Powerful for its Simplicity of Presentation
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 04/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The gruesome tragedy of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994 absolutely must become public knowledge if we are to maintain the watch for symptoms of similar acts in the present and the future. HOTEL RWANDA was a fine film that capitalized on the heroism of one man, and justly so, for his selfless vision that saved many lives. But as far as a film that relates the same story without the emphasis on one hero, SOMETIMES IN APRIL is for this reviewer more powerful: the genocide speaks more loudly because it focuses on the victims.

Writer/Director Raoul Peck has created a stunning impact with this film made for HBO. The details of the history of the rebellion of the Tutsis against the Hutus is clearly explained and made far more understandable than in previous efforts. Peck wisely utilizes the talents of Idris Elba and Carole Karemera as the husband and wife of mixed marriage and it is their story of survival and witness that makes this examination of Rwanda so intense. Oris Erhuero and Debra Winger among others feel completely committed to this story in the way they bring honesty and credibility to their roles.

Photographed on location, this film is at first a country beautiful to look at and then the beauty of the land filled with corpses is nearly unbearable. The contrast is typical of the way Raoul Peck has sculpted this important film. By Hollywood standards as well as by Public Information standards, this is a film that should be seen by everyone as not only a fine movie but also an important documentation of a tragedy that should have never been ignored. Grady Harp, April 05"