Gacaca Archive

The Aegis Gacaca Filming project is creating a visual record of the proceedings of these uniquely significant village courts, where perpetrators of genocide are tried and cross-examined by the very communities in which they committed their crimes. These archives are housed at the National Genocide Documentation Centre as part of the Kigali Memorial Centre. 

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Gacaca is the Rwandan Government's innovative solution to the problem of having over 100,000 genocide suspects behind bars.

It would be impossible to imprison so many killers for life, and, while some of those found guilty may serve more time in prison, for the majority, Gacaca effectively marks the start of a process of rehabilitation into the community. This process is continued through 'solidarity camps', in which genocide convicts who have already served the minimum sentence are given lessons in citizenship.

The process places a demand on the survivors which is unprecedented in the history of genocide. While outsiders come in talking about Rwanda 's need to engage in reconciliation, the survivors have to get on with sharing their neighbourhoods, streets and churches with those who killed their families.

Aegis is working with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Ministry of Justice and the survivors' organization, IBUKA, to create a permanent archive of the audiovisual material gathered in this remarkable process. This archive is accessible to the general public as part of the Kigali Memorial Centre database.