As We Forgive Film Guide

June 1, 2013

This film guide covers the 2010 documentary film As We Forgive about the long and difficult process of personal and national reconciliation—often inspired by religiously motivated groups and individuals—between Rwanda’s Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups after the 1994 campaign of genocide that killed approximately 800,000 people. The documentary follows two victims, Chantale and Rosaria, as they endeavor to forgive their family members’ murderers, and covers the role of religion in facilitating reconciliation. This guide includes a synopsis of the film, section of historical background on Rwanda and the genocide, timeline of historical events, list of key terms, set of discussion questions for class use, and list of further readings on Rwanda, the genocide, and its aftermath.

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