GenreDrama, History, War Music directorBruno Coulais WriterRaoul Peck LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 17, 2005 (2005-02-17) CastIdris Elba (Augustin), Carole Karemera (Jeanne), Pamela Nomvete (Martine), Oris Erhuero (Honoré), Fraser James (Xavier), Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga (Colonel Bagosora) Similar moviesThe Lion King, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Madagascar, The Lion King 1½
Sometimes in april
Sometimes in April is a 2005 historical drama television film about the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, written and directed by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. The ensemble cast includes Idris Elba, Oris Erhuero, Carole Karemera, and Debra Winger.
The story centers on two brothers: Honoré Butera, working for Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, and Augustin Muganza, a captain in the Rwandan army (married to a Tutsi woman, Jeanne, with whom he has a daughter, Anne-Marie, and two sons, Yves-André and Marcus), who bear witness to the killing of close to a million people in 100 days while becoming divided by politics and losing some of their own family. The film depicts the attitudes and circumstances leading up to the outbreak of brutal violence, the intertwining stories of people struggling to survive the genocide, and the aftermath as the people try to find justice and reconciliation.
Idris Elba ... Augustin Muganza
Oris Erhuero ... Honoré Muganza
Carole Karemera ... Jeanne
Debra Winger ... Prudence Bushnell
Noah Emmerich ... Lionel Quaid
Pamela Nomvete ... Martine
Fraser James ... Xavier
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ... Col. Théoneste Bagosora
Aïssa Maïga ... Young Militant
Although this film originally aired on HBO, it was later broadcast by PBS and followed with a panel discussion by journalist Jeff Greenfield. Paul Bonerwitz is one of the speakers.
In contrast to Hotel Rwanda, which was rated PG-13 and had most of the genocide violence subtly implied rather than explicitly shown, this film was noted for its more gruesome and graphic portrayal of the violence, which gave it a TV-MA rating.