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  • March 6, 2022
  • Buskirk-Chumley Theater
  • 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47408
  • (812) 323-3020
  • 7:00 PM
  • $9-$11

Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit (104 minutes) is Gilbert Ndahayo's debut autobiographical documentary film premiered at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival in 2010 and nominated for African Movie Academy Award®-. In the film, a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda confronts, on-camera, his parents' killers, attempts to learn the death of his grandparents only to discover a grave of Antonia Locatelli, an Italian nun next to his grandparents in a church's crypt of ten thousand bodies including fifty-three of his immediate family members. Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit is an unforgettable journey of the filmmaker in un-forgiving the genocide against the Tutsi that claimed the lives of two million people within one hundred days in the Spring of 1994.

Gilbert Ndahayo migrated to New York City in 2008 from Rwanda. His debut short film SCARS OF MY DAYS premiered on the French channel TV5 Monde and at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ndahayo was compelled to foray into the documentary filmmaking realm, after meeting his parents' murderers. With the outbreak of the Rwandan genocide in his youth, his parents and fifty-three members of his immediate family were massacred. Ndahayo channeled his experiences into developing and producing several documentaries about the genocide he survived – BEHIND THIS CONVENT (2008), now titled RWANDA: BEYOND THE DEADLY PIT, and its sequels THE RWANDAN NIGHT (2013) and THE BLOOD OF THE CHOSEN (recipient of 2015 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts). His films have been the subject of scholarly scrutiny in America and have also received Verona Award, Best Documentary Feature Award at the Santa Clara County Commendation, and the U.S. House of Representatives Special Congregational Recognition award at the Silicon Valley Film Festival (2015). Ndahayo was the producer of FLORES DE RUANDA which, winner of the 2010 Goya Award. His footage earned him a co-directing credit on the feature documentary LIFE IN A DAY (Sundance 2011), directed by Kevin Macdonald and Executive Produced by Ridley Scott and YouTube. Ndahayo is the first Rwandan to be nominated for the African Movie Academy Awards, fondly referred to as the "African Oscars"

Doors open at 6pm for general admission event. The estimated length of the show is 104 minutes. The director rates this film 17+. Wearing a mask is required indoors in Monroe County. Vaccine verification or negative covid test results within 48 hours required to enter the venue.