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Rwanda in Photographs: Events

A series of events in the Inigo Rooms and nearby venues accompany our Rwanda in Photographs exhibition:


Genocide Commemoration with Survivors Fund (SURF)

Friday 21 March 2014, 18.00 – 19.00, followed by a reception
King's College London Chapel, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

Free entry - but please reserve your place online

We welcome Rwandans and friends of Rwanda to join us for a reflective event commemorating the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Set in the beautiful surroundings of King's College London's Chapel, this commemoration will consider the enormous losses of genocide and the ongoing challenges in the present. In partnership with Survivors Fund (SURF) we will be hosting testimonies by genocide survivors, talks by representatives of Survivors Fund and the Rwandan community, and a candle lighting ceremony. All are welcome to join us for a reception afterwards in the Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing.

A joint event with Survivors Fund (SURF).


Rwanda 1994-2014: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Monday 24 March 2014, 18.30 – 20.00, followed by a reception
Great Hall, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Tickets: £5 (£3 students, King's staff and alumni, unwaged, RAS members)
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Rwanda has made significant political, social and economic strides since the 1994 genocide, which in the space of 100 days claimed the lives of over 800,000 Tutsis and their perceived Hutu and Twa sympathisers. Today the Rwandan government faces substantial criticisms regarding political liberalisation, human rights and volatile foreign relations in the Great Lakes region. This event looks back to ask how we should most effectively commemorate the genocide and looks forward to ask to what extent criticisms of Rwanda are justified and where the country is headed in the next 20 years and beyond.

Speakers: Vincent Gasana, Rene Claudel Mugenzi, Pritish Behuria, David Booth and Phil Clark (chair).

A joint event with the Royal African Society and School of Oriental and African Studies.


A Just Response to Genocide?

Wednesday 26 March, 18.30 – 20.00
Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, London WC2R 2LS

Tickets: £5 (£3 students, King's staff and alumni, unwaged)
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Free tickets are available for members of the Dickson Poon School of Law and students who are part of KISS-DTC, but registration is required via the Law School webpage.

Criminal justice has held the centre stage in determining a just response to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Over the last twenty years, trials have been pursued through the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the Rwandan national courts and the localised gacaca community courts. The 20th commemoration of the lives lost during this appalling violence offers an opportunity to ask the broader question of what constitutes a just response to genocide. This panel examines resistance before and during the genocide, established criminal trials, retributive and reparatory justice and, finally, the ongoing nature of claims for prosecution and compensation in Rwanda and overseas.


  • Alice Urusaro Karekezi, Lecturer, National University of Rwanda (NUR) and board member of the African Leadership Centre at King’s College London
  • Juergen Schurr, Legal Advisor at REDRESS
  • Albert Gasake, Legal Advocacy Coordinator, Survivors Fund (SURF) Rwanda
  • Henry Redwood, PhD candidate in War Studies King’s College London
  • Nicola Palmer, Lecturer in Criminal Law, Dickson Poon School of Law
  • Phil Clark (chair), Reader in Comparative and International Politics, SOAS

A joint event with Survivors Fund (SURF), King’s College London Dickson Poon School of Law, REDRESS, SOAS and the Royal African Society.


Finding a Literary Voice in East Africa: A Case for Rwanda. Followed by a screening of  award-winning Rwandan feature film Grey Matter

Thursday 27 March 2014, 18.00 – 21.00
Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, London WC2R 2LS

Tickets: £5 (£3 students, King's staff and alumni, unwaged)
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- Finding a Literary Voice in East Africa: A Case for Rwanda

Literary voices in Rwanda are still emerging. The country has a rich poetic heritage but much of the work published internationally since 1994 has focused on narrative testimony. This event considers the growth of literary writing in Rwanda, drawing on case studies from East Africa. Billy Kahora, Managing Editor of the Kwani Literary Network in Kenya, joins us to discuss his experiences running creative writing courses in Kigali. An award-winning writer himself, Kahora will reflect on the challenges involved in finding a writer’s voice and Kwani’s work in the region. He is in conversation with Kate Haines, Director of Material Books.

- Grey Matter

An extraordinarily beautiful and disturbing film exploring the legacies of genocide, Grey Matter (Matière Grise) chronicles the vision and trials of a filmmaker trying to produce his first feature, The Cycle of the Cockroach. The dreamlike narrative offers an acutely visually searing depiction of trauma and loss, while the shift between different worlds – that of the filmmaker and that of his subjects – refuses any one interpretation. The Tribeca Film Festival jury called it ‘audacious and experimental’ and gave the film awards for Best Actor and Special Jury Mention. The New York Times commented simply: ‘Acutely probing… From despair, art’. With an introductory greeting recorded by director Kivu Ruhorahoza for this screening.



Split/Mixed. Followed by Q&A with writer and actor Ery Nzaramba

Monday 28 April 2014, 19.00-21.00
Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, London WC2R 2LS

Tickets: £5 (£3 students, King's staff and alumni, unwaged)
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This is first UK performance of Split/Mixed – a one man play that offers a portrait of a boy and a country. Eddy, the speaker, grows up in a safe, comfortable, middle-class environment in Kigali. But everything changes when the president’s plane is shot down on April 6th 1994. Exploring what it means to be born to Hutu and Tutsi parents, and to grow up in exile this work explores the challenges of positioning yourself in relation to Rwanda’s difficult past. Writer, Director and Actor Ery Nzaramba is Rwandan-born artist working in the UK. His recent work includes Prey (ITV/Red Productions), The Epic Adventure of Nhamo (Tricycle Theatre/Tiata Fahodzi), Blood Wedding, The Bacchae (The Royal and Derngate), The Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre/British Council) and When I Lived in Peru (BBC Radio Drama). Split/Mixed sound design is by Helen Skiera. 

A joint event with King’s College London Performance Research Group


Photographing Rwanda After Genocide

Tuesday 29 April 2014, 18.00 – 20.00
Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, London WC2R 2LS

Tickets: £5 (£3 students, King's staff and alumni, unwaged)
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Join a panel of Rwandan and international photographers to explore how Rwanda is depicted images twenty years after the genocide.  Held within the gallery, this closing event for the exhibition offers the chance to meet three of the photographers whose work is on display.  We will discuss the kinds of images used to represent genocide and its aftermath, the growth of Rwandan photography over the past twenty years and the ongoing challenges involved in circulating new images from Rwanda that complicate existing narratives.


  • John Mbanda, photojournalist for The New Times, Rwanda
  • Mussa Uwitonze, photographer with Through the Eyes of Children, Rwanda
  • Laura Elizabeth Pohl, international photographer and filmmaker based in Rwanda
  • Jenny Matthews, conflict and development photographer working in Rwanda since 1994


Photos (from top): Jean Luc Habyarimana, Yves Manzi, Jean Bizimana, Kivu Ruhorahoza, Mussa Uwitonze

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