In 1994, the small central-African nation of Rwanda was the scene of a brutal genocide that saw nearly one million people slaughtered over the span of 100 days. Rather than degenerate into a cycle of violence and revenge, Rwandans embarked on a traditional system of community justice and reconciliation known as gacaca. This moving documentary examines the concept of gacaca and its remarkable efforts at healing and forgiveness.
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In the Tall Grass picks up where Hotel Rwanda left off, focusing on the Hutu and Tutsi as they struggle through Rwanda's unique reconciliation process Gacaca, a network of grassroots community courts. With unprecedented access, this powerful documentary follows a survivor through this historic process as she confronts the man she says murdered her husband and children, giving audiences a stark and terrifying look at how the genocide of 1994 continues to shape the lives of Rwandans today. She receives some justice, and her village finally faces their pain, but she is only one story in hundreds of thousands. ALA Notable Video of the Year - 2007.