“Shooting Dogs,” director Michael Caton-Jones‘ feature about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, will be shown first to thousands of Rwandans at the Amahoro stadium in Kigali, capitol of the landlocked African state.
War-ravaged Kigali has only one fully functioning cinema, and many of the attendees could see themselves on the bigscreen at the May preem.
All 8,500 extras used in the pic are invited to the bow. “Dogs” was shot last summer in the actual Rwandan locations in which the story takes place, using survivors of the genocide that saw 800,000 people killed in less than three months.
Producer Pippa Cross hopes the African premiere will focus world attention on current events in Darfur. So to do the film’s backers, BBC Films and the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund .
“I hope our investment … enables a powerful, if small effort to go toward helping the healing process,” says Paul Trijbits, head of the New Cinema Fund.
This will be the second world preem held in Kigali this year. Raoul Peck‘s “Sometimes in April,” another film about the genocide, premiered in Kigali in January and later screened at the Berlin film fest.