Gacaca (Ga-CHA-cha), which literally
means “justice on the grass,” is a form of open air, citizen-based
justice which the Rwandan government put in place in an attempt to deal with
the crimes of the 1994 genocide, and to allow the nation to move forward. Some two
million Gacaca trials were held in over 10,000 locales across the country.
Filming for over a decade in one remote,
rural community director Anne Aghion charts the impact this experiment in
transitional justice has had on survivors and perpetrators alike. Through their
fear and anger, accusations and defenses, blurry truths, inconsolable sadness,
and hope for life renewed, she captures the emotional journey to coexistence.