witness OO

 

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

A: Even though I forget things due to trauma, I remember that we didn’t only speak about past experiences. We talked about SEVOTA, we talked about how it related to the ICTR. I remember Michele was ready to listen.

 

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

A: I was extremely surprised! I didn’t think there would be a movie about it, and then I wondered how it would be done.

 

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

A: I don’t have any family. My friends don’t know about it. Only my ex-husband and children know about it, but they never talk about it.

 

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

A: I felt confident that the movie would do good in the world by revealing the truth about the rapes that took place in Rwanda.

 

Q: What did you think of yourself in the film when you saw it?

A: Before, I thought it was an ordinary thing—I didn’t know what it meant, what we did. Now, I can think that I contributed to the international tribunal’s recognition of the truth regarding rape. I think of my courage and heroism. The film created a space for me to express myself, to unveil myself and tell the truth.

 

Q: You brought your 9-year-old daughter to the screening in Kigali. What was her reaction to seeing her mother on-screen?

A: My daughter saw the event as a miracle. She was surprised about everything, even about the place she spent the night after the film, because it was too late to go home. She appreciated it especially because then she could go home and tell her brother all about it.

 

Q: What do you hope audiences will learn from it?

A: The audience will learn the power of truth. People will learn to tell the truth, to be heroes of the truth, not to hide that which can be useful for peace, to denounce evil acts against human beings.