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“Our silence came from guilt”: the director of Black Earth Rising on telling the Rwandan story the West would rather forget

Hugo Blick discusses the aftermath of the genocide, what went wrong with the International Criminal Court—and why he's wary of returning to Rwanda

By Steve Bloomfield  

Hugo Blick's Black Earth Rising is available on BBC iPlayer. Photographer: Des Willie

Never has a British drama series managed to portray a period of African history with such seriousness, with such care and with such intelligence as Black Earth Rising.

To describe it simply as a legal thriller about the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath is to do it an injustice. It’s about French complicity in the genocide; about the new Rwandan government’s reprisals in neighbouring Zaire (as Congo was then known); about Rwanda’s subsequent support for Tutsi militia…

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