Sometimes in April

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Sometimes in April
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Directed by Raoul Peck
Produced by Daniel Delume
Written by Raoul Peck
Starring Idris Elba
Oris Erhuero
Carole Karemera
Debra Winger
Music by Bruno Coulais
Cinematography Eric Guichard
Edited by Jacques Comets
Distributed by HBO Films
Release dates
  • February 17, 2005 (2005-02-17)
Running time
140 min.
Country France
United States
Language English

Sometimes in April is a 2005 historical drama television film about the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, written and directed by the Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck. The ensemble cast includes Idris Elba, Oris Erhuero, Carole Karemera, and Debra Winger.


The story centers on two brothers: Honoré Butera, working for Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, and Augustin Muganza, a captain in the Rwandan army (who was married to a Tutsi wo Yves-André, and Marcus), who bear witness to the killing of close to over a million people in 100 days while becoming divided by politics and losing some of their own family. The film depicts the attitudes and circumstances leading up to the outbreak of brutal violence, the intertwining stories of people struggling to survive the genocide, and the aftermath as the people try to find justice and reconciliation.



Although this film originally aired on HBO, it was later broadcast by PBS and followed with a panel discussion by journalist Jeff Greenfield. Paul Bonerwitz is one of the speakers.

In contrast to Hotel Rwanda, which was rated PG-13 and had most of the genocide violence subtly implied rather than explicitly shown, this film was noted for its more gruesome and graphic portrayal of the violence, which gave it a TV-MA rating.

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