Alrick Brown‘s Kinyarwanda, the second theatrical release made possible through Ava Duvernay‘s AAFRM and a film which has received much coverage on the site, took the top prize at the Skip City D-Cinema Festival in Saitama, just north of Tokyo, this past Sunday. The film also won the festival’s 1.5 million yen ($19,400) prize.

To recap Kinyarwanda, Brown’s feature film debut, centers around six stories (a Tutsi/Hutu couple, a small child, a soldier, a pair of teenage lovebirds, a priest and an Imam) during the Rwandan genocide. The story is based “on real events during the Hutu massacres of Tutsis that devastated the east African nation in 1994.”

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