Archive of films 100 Days / 100 Days

United Kingdom / Rwanda
2001, 99 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2002

This drama from the civil war in Rwanda records the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis during the period from April to July 1994. This appalling event takes as its vehicle the love story of a Tutsi couple, young Baptiste and the lovely Josette. The filmmakers opted for a stylised point of view, intentionally avoiding naturalistic images.


Synopsis

A drama from the still recent civil war in Rwanda which claimed the lives of approximately 1,000,000 people. In this small country in the heart of equatorial Africa, the conflict between the Hutus and Tutsis reached a peak in the nineties, resulting in the Hutu committing genocide against their weaker rivals. Director Nick Hughes was a cameraman working for the BBC in Rwanda at the time of these events, and in 1999 he decided to treat this urgent topic as a feature film. The work chronicles the genocide (from April to July 1994) while using a simple though tragic love story as its vehicle. The lovely Josette and young Baptiste come from respected Tutsi families. The couple is separated during the unrest that follows the Rwandan president’s death, and thoughts of retribution grow among the Hutus. Baptiste manages to escape from the first massacre, and Josette and her family take refuge in a nearby church overseen by a vile Hutu priest. But the days of the apocalypse are only just beginning. Hughes makes use of the beautiful natural environment as a counterpoint to human horror. The director avoids naturalism in favour of an aesthetic approach to death, and thus this insistent work can also engage those who are “afraid” of such a violent topic.

About the director

Nick Hughes (b. 1961, London) graduated in electrical engineering from Bristol University, but beginning in 1989 worked as a cameraman in Africa (mainly for the BBC). He captured events in Ethiopia, Somalia, Congo, Afghanistan and, of course, in Rwanda. In this way he participated in the making of fifty documentaries, but was also openly involved in various operations connected with African armed conflicts. As a director he made the television drama Ndoto ya Daudi (1993), the documentaries Provence (1995), and Big Fish, Small Fry (1996) and the feature 100 Days (2001). He has also shot commercials (Colgate, Mercedes, Tetra Pak, Raid). He lives in Africa and owns Vivid Features Ltd. (with headquarters in Kenya and Nigeria), a production company that cooperates with CNN.

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Another View
   
Director: Nick Hughes
Screenplay: Nick Hughes
Dir. of Photography: Nick Hughes
Music: Steve Parr, Sharon Rose
Editor: Kavila Matu
Producer: Nick Hughes, Eric Kabera
Production: Broadcast Feature Facilities, Vivid Features Ltd.
Cast: Cleophas Kabasita, Mazimpaka Kennedy, Davis Kagenza, Davis Kwizera, David Mulwa, Denis Nsanzamahoro, Justin Rusandazangabo, Eric Bridges Twahirwa, Didier Ndengeyintwali
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