From Rwanda’s Dark Past: Discussion Guide

1. How did the film “Civil War” by Alex Garland resonate with the current political climate in the United States, and what comparisons can be drawn with the Rwandan Genocide?

2. In what ways did colonial policies contribute to the ethnic tensions that led to the Rwandan Genocide, and are there any parallels to contemporary political tactics used to incite division?

3. How does the failure of the international community to intervene during the Rwandan Genocide speak to current global political dynamics and international responsibility to protect vulnerable populations?

4. What role did media, such as radio broadcasts and newspapers, play in propagating the violence during the Rwandan Genocide, and can we see similar dynamics at play in modern media outlets?

5. Considering the use of propaganda to incite mass violence, what steps can modern societies take to prevent the manipulation of information and the spread of hate speech?

6. Given the lack of effective arms among the Tutsi population during the Rwandan Genocide, what lessons can be learned about the relationship between civilian disarmament and the protection of minority groups?

7. How do the acts of courage by some members of the religious community during the Rwandan Genocide inspire contemporary discussions about moral responsibility in times of crisis?

8. What implications might the high number of firearms in civil possession in the United States have on the potential for widespread conflict, and how does this compare to the dynamics that were present during the Rwandan Genocide?

9. How does the role of churches during the Rwandan Genocide reflect on the broader relationship between religious institutions and political violence?

10. Based on the analysis of the Rwandan Genocide and the speculated scenarios by Alex Garland and commentators, which do you find to be a more probable risk in the current U.S. context: civil war or genocide, and why?

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