On September 30th Landmark’s Embarcadaro Center Cinema will be having a special screening of Debra Scranton‘s (The War Tapes) latest documentary, Earth Made Of Glass, followed by what will surely be a very interesting panel discussion. The film starts at 7:00 pm, so be sure to show up early. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.
The film’s subject matter revolves around the Tutsi genocide that took place in Rwanda, Africa in 1994. Heavy material, I know. Seeing the running time of 80 minutes gave little consolation to guarantee the fact that my cheeks would stay dry for the duration of the film. In fact, documentaries dealing with genocide are almost always on my avoidance list, not because I don’t care about the issues at hand, but because I’m not always in the mood to dampen my sofa with tears. I don’t make a lot of money and can not afford a new sofa, I’m sure you understand.
After watching the film however, I found myself harboring more feelings of hope and positivity for the human race than I ever imagined I would going into such a film. See trailer and review after the jump
More than just your typical fact-flooding talking head documentary, this film delves into questions of how a collective mass-murdering of innocent people can even come to be, why it happened, and most importantly, how can proper healing take place after the fact. And while these questions are answered through candid testimonial given exclusively for this film by the Rwandan President, Paul Kagame and his closest aide, Rose Kabuye, it is in the story of genocide survivor, Jean-Pierre Sagahutu that gives Earth Made Of Glass its true inspirational wings.
Of course, right away some people are going to compare this film to Hotel Rwanda. Fair enough, the only difference being the obvious though, that its lead subject is not an actor. Does that make Earth Made Of Glass more powerful, or even a better film? You decide. Personally, I prefer documented authentic drama over fictional theatrics. None of that really matters however, as long as you go out and see this very important film.