I was almost afraid to watch this movie because I was afraid to face to the brutality of the genocide in Rwanda. It turns out the movie is fairly gentle with the viewer. This may be a relief, but I don’t think it is entirely a good thing. We are shown a hopeful and heroic part of the story, which is well worth seeing. This is probably our only chance to see a portrayal of what happened in Rwanda, and that makes it an important film. What we are not shown is any insight into the motives of the killers, or more than a hint at the enormity of nearly a million people hacked to death. I am glad to praise the heroism of these survivors and condemn the killers, but no condemnation is of much value without an understanding of what is being condemned. How in the world can such a holocaust come about? How do the perpetrators of it justify their actions to themselves? The movie makes little attempt to answer these questions.