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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bronx International Film Festival

Tonight's your last chance to catch the Bronx International Film Festival, happening this weekend at Lehman College, which features narrative and documentary films from around the world. Screenings will start at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $5. Visit www.bronxstage.com for more info.

Below is a preview from one of tonight's short films--"Cold April," directed by Mike Smith Rivera:

Click the jump for a summary of the film from the festival's organizers.

Synopsis: Rwanda. 1994- In the early morning hours of April 6, 1994, the President of Rwanda is assassinated, signaling the end to the fragile cease-fire between Hutu extremists and the RPF (Rwandan Patriotic Front). All across the country, foreigners, in fear for their lives, are evacuated while Tutsis and political moderates are rounded up and violently murdered by their neighbors, government soldiers, and militias.

Among the evacuees are the Belgian nuns of the St. Maria Goretti School for Girls, leaving 7 students to watch over each other in the hope that someone will return to rescue them before the arrival of the Hutu militia.

Asura, a Tutsi girl, dreams of persecution. The country’s tumultuous history and her family’s own personal experiences have taught her all she needs to know about their chances for survival. Mosi, the head girl and a Hutu, has the difficult job of watching over the girls and keeping them calm despite Asura’s hysterics. Emotions rise to the surface and sides form as the girls address political and personal events, challenging each other’s ideas.

Mandani returns to alert the girls of the coming militia and their differences are soon forgot. Three men arrive, armed with machetes, but Mosi refuses to hand over her classmates. The girls stand strong against their threats and bullying, willing to risk everything to prevent murder. Can they convince the men that they are wrong before it’s too late.


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