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God Sleeps in Rwanda

Kimberlee Acquaro & Stacy Sherman / United States / 2004 / 28 ' / English


Craig Tanner
Kimberlee Acquaro & Stacy Sherman
Kimberlee Acquaro & Stacy Sherman
Kimberlee Acquaro, Stacy Sherman & Craig Tanner
Creative Consultant: Diane Macke
Project Manager: Carri McClure
Publicist: Marco Shepherd

Awards & Festivals

Emmy Award for Best Documentary
Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary
Short Audience Award, Silverdocs/AFI Film Festival
Jury Special Mention, Silverdocs/AFI Film Festival
Audience Award, Palm Springs Fest of Short Films
Audience Award, Aspen Shorts Fest Best Independent Mini Doc
Black Reel Awards Critic's Choice Award, Jackson Hole Docuweek
IDA World Cinema Short Award
Phoenix Film Festival Festival Award
Nominee, Pare Lorentz Award, International Documentary Association
Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights
United Nations Traveling Film Festival
International Documentary Association, Docuweek
Amnesty International's Stop Violence Against Women
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival

Upcoming Screenings

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In Production

Uncovering amazing stories of hope in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide.


Academy Award-Nominee GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA captures the spirit of five courageous women as they rebuild their lives, redefine women’s roles in Rwandan society and bring hope to a wounded nation. The 1994 Rwandan Genocide left the country nearly 70 percent female, handing Rwanda’s women an extraordinary burden and an unprecedented opportunity. Girls are attending school in record numbers, and women now make up a large part of the country’s leadership. Working with two cameras and no crew except for their translator—a genocide survivor herself—the filmmakers uncover incredible stories: an HIV-positive policewoman raising four children alone and attending night school to become a lawyer, a teenager who has become head of household for her four siblings, and a young woman orphaned in her teens who is now the top development official in her area. Heart-wrenching and inspiring, this powerful film is a brutal reminder of the consequences of the Rwandan tragedy, and a tribute to the strength and spirit of those who are moving forth.


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