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Sometimes in April
Directed by Raoul Peck
Produced by Daniel Delume
Written by Raoul Peck
Starring Idris Elba
Oris Erhuero
Carole Karemera
Debra Winger
Music by Bruno Coulais
Cinematography Eric Guichard
Editing by Jacques Comets
Distributed by HBO Films
Release date(s) February 17, 2005
Running time 140 min.
Country France France
 United States
Language English, Kinyarwanda

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 the tribalist Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, and Augustin Muganza, a captain in the Rwandan army (who was married to a Tutsi woman, Jeanne, and had three children with her: Anne-Marie, Yves-André, and Marcus), who bear witness to the killing of close to 900,000 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.


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.

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Sometimes in April is a 2005 HBO film about the Rwandan Genocide of 1994.

Written and directed by Raoul Peck.



  • When a man leads assassins, he is also an assassin.


Jeanne: It's happening, isn't it? I should never have listened to you! We should have left a long time ago for Kenya or for Senegal, I don't know, but...!
Augustin: I'm in the military. This is our home.
Jeanne: Yes, but tell me: how can I call this home when I'm living in constant fear, Augustin? I already lost most of my family in '92. There's only us now.
Augustin: I can't just get up and run! Abandon everything? What?
Jeanne: We should have brought Anne-Marie back sooner!
Augustin: She's safer in the countryside than in Kigali. Come on!
Jeanne: Come on, wake up!... Nobody is safe in this country! Have you seen the Hutu Ten Commandments? Somebody put it on my desk today at the hospital! They even underlined number seven: "The Rwandese Armed Forces shall be exclusively Hutu; no member of the military shall marry a Tutsi."
Augustin: Jeanne...
Jeanne: Now I'm talking about our children's lives. If anything happens, they will let us all die.

Marcus: Mom, why do they call us cockroaches?
Jeanne: Because they don't know any better, sweetheart.

Marcus: So when I grow up, my I.D. card will say "Hutu"?
Augustin: Yes. But one day, I hope that it will just say "Rwandan".

Priest: We cannot harbor rebels. We must hand them over.
Martine: Father, these are not rebels! These are girls, girls that you've promised to raise as your own daughters! And now you would turn them out?
Priest: What can I do, my child? We cannot protect all of them! I do not have the power to change the situation! We must pray.

Martine: Girls, they're going to ask you for your identification cards. They want all Tutsis to come out...! They want to separate us...! I can't do this...!
Isa: I'll go, mistress.
Anne-Marie: If Isa goes, I'll go!
Anne-Marie's Friend #1: I'll go.
Anne-Marie's Friend #2: I'll go.
Anne-Marie's Friend #3: I'll go.
Anne-Marie: We're sisters! We're staying together!
Victorine: We're staying together!
Martine: Do you understand the choices that you're making? Do you understand?

Martine: Please, think of them as your own daughters.
RAF Soldier #1: My daughter is not a cockroach!

'Journalist: These rebels, are they Tutu or Hutsi?
Prudence Bushnell: Hutu and Tutsi!
Journalist: Which ones are the good guys?

Valentine: I knew that he was a leader of the municipality. I felt that he could have protected us, but he did nothing.
Judge Arusha: Did this man ever participate in the rapes?
Valentine: I never saw him rape anybody... but he didn't protect us. He would tell the Interahamwe: Don't ever ask me again how a Tutsi woman tastes! He was encouraging his players.

Lionel Quaid: Prudence, our mission was not to intervene while the system functioned perfectly. A few years down the road, the President will ask for forgiveness and make the promise of "never again", but in terms of national interest we did everything right.
Prudence Bushnell: We were loyal to a policy that allowed hundreds of thousands of people to be killed! As far as moral imperative, we did not do the right thing.
Lionel Quaid: We're bureaucrats, not the political leadership.
Prudence Bushnell: Is it because they're African?
Lionel Quaid: Don't do that, Pru. It was Rwandans killing Rwandans.


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