CROSS ROADS

Hillie Mollenaar
Netherlands 1997 | 60 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Q&A with: Hillie Mollenaar

From Tan­za­nia and from Rwanda to Zaire, some half a mil­lion refugees from Tutsi-Hutu vio­lence streamed in to create boom town called Benaco. The new­com­ers – whose roles in Rwanda geno­cide are unknown – mean big busi­ness and a wave of pretty crime. A single white wed­ding dress, rental out to refugee brides, becomes an emblem of inno­cence and hope that is long gone from the drawn faces of Rwan­dan orphans.

CROSS ROADS paints a remark­able por­trait of human­i­ty uproot­ed, but still striv­ing for some sem­blance of home against the stark back­ground of geno­cide.