Feb 7, 2023

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Rwandan genocide survivors film premieres on Netflix in June

The Rwandan film Trees for Peace will premiere on Netflix on June 10 after its rights were bought by the streaming platform.

The film will be directed by Alanna Brown is about four women during the 1994 Tutsi genocide, and it stars Rwandan actress Eliane Umuhire, Zimbabwean-Australian Charmaine Bingwa, Ella Cannon (Australian), Bola Koleosh (Nigerian-American) and Tongayi star Chirisa (Zimbabwean). .

The four women in the film have different backgrounds brought together by the horrific events of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide. Hiding in the basement of a house, they hear the terrifying sounds of terror that emerged during the brutal raids. This tests their faith, thoughts, aspirations and existence together.

The openness gives them stronger bonds amidst tragic trials.

Inspired by true events, the film is a Love Story, Trial, Faith and Discovery.


It won three awards at the American Black Film Festival and received the Top Jury Award after its premiere at the 2021 Santa Barbara International Film Festival , the film which was produced by Barry Levine, Ron Ray, Brian Baniqued, Jeff Spiegel, Mike Bundlie and Vicky Petela.

Over the past several years, Umuhire has been cast in several film roles including Behind the World (2011 ) and Birds Are Singing in Kigali, which brought her an award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic) and other awards. Her films have been shown at the London BFI Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Hamburg Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival, among others.