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The Journey with Jesus: Film Reviews

Film Reviews by Dan Clendenin

Munyurangabo (2009)—RwandaMunyurangabo (2009) — Rwanda

          Ngabo (a Tutsi) and Sangwa (a Hutu) are hands down best friends in the anonymous city of Kigali, but this is a friendship that will be tested. The film begins on an ominous note when Ngabo steals a machete from the market place, and the two set off for Sangwa's rural village. There we experience the lush countryside, the soulful music, and the work rhythms of the countryside. We're also introduced to the priority of family when Sangwa is shamed for deserting his family for three years, and then welcomed back again. Ngabo has been orphaned by the genocide and so he no longer enjoys such family bonds. Plus, Sangwa's father is openly unhappy about his friendship with a Tutsi. Sangwa is hesitant about the true nature of his "journey" with Ngabo, which is a revenge killing of a Hutu who killed his own father. A young village poet is given the last word, that the road to genuine liberation from ethnic hatred, misogynous mores, grinding poverty, and AIDS is long and slow. In Kinyarwanda with English subtitles.