Play captures genocide experience

Thursday April 25 2019


Some of the artistes of the Mashirika Performance Arts and Media Company. PHOTO | ANDREW I. KAZIBWE    

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There are several activities taking place as part of the 25th commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Mashirika Performance Arts and Media Company’s new presentation seeks to shine a light on the experience of young people born during and after the genocide.

Co-directed by Yannick Kamanzi, the play’s grand premiere, which took place on April 12, at the Gisozi Amphitheatre saw many being taken through an hour of contemplative presentations.

The play’s opening scene starts with cast members calling out different questions like “What kind of man kills a baby?,” “Mother, mother ...” The questions represent a search for answers by many, 25 years after the 1994 Genocide.

Other questions consider what it would be like, if hate hadn’t been planted, “What if beyond these walls live voices of survival?,” “What if in you, speaks a hero, that will conquer your shattered dream?”

The performance brings together a Rwandan cast with artistes from Argentina and the United Kingdom.

“These are our stories, even after 25 years after the tragedy, we understand where we came from, and the play is a form of communication,which society can understand,” said Kamanzi.