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Q: Do you remember when you met Michele the first time and heard about the film?

A: Yes! We had a very friendly conversation. Michele told us why she had come, and that she wanted to make a movie. I was happy because her goal was to show that justice had been done after the horrific violence committed against women during the genocide.

 

Q: Were you surprised someone wanted to make a film about your story?

A: I was surprised, but I wanted to do it because it meant this important story would be told and become better known.

 

Q: Do your family or your friends know about your role in the Akayesu case?

A: I told my uncle, who I was living with, before leaving for the tribunal. When I got back, I told my friends, who had also been victims of sexual violence, and they appreciated it.

 

Q: Why did you decide to participate in the film?

A: I thought this film would be important in making a change in our world of so many conflicts. I agreed to be interviewed just I had agreed to testify, armed with the truth of what had happened.

 

Q: What do you hope audiences learn from the film?

A: Audiences will learn strategies to fight against sexual violence, both domestic and in time of war. Future generations will learn from it. Rape causes so much suffering. We must fight against it.

 

Q: You saw the film in June. What did you think about it?

A: I think that it will contribute in a positive way to teaching the law in schools, universities, institutes and communities. They will understand the gravity of rape.

 

Q: What did you think of yourself in it?

A: I remembered my awful experiences and the constant pain I suffered during the genocide. I am accepting myself now so I can lead a positive life in spite of all that.

 

Q: A memorable moment in the film was when you got on the plane from Kigali to Arusha.

A: I wasn’t used to it. But I would get on another plane. Definitely.