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“Nationalism is a truth, unity of the human race is also a truth and only the
harmony of these two truths can bring the highest good of humanity.” – Sri Aurobindo

6 Billion Others - Rwanda, Stories of a Genocide
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6 Billion Others - Rwanda, Stories of a Genocide | 01hr : 05mins
Director: Yann Arthus Bertrand | Producer: GoodPlanet Foundation
Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2009 | Story Teller's Country: FR
Tags: festival special, africa, rwanda, world, war, conflict, violence, human rights, race, france, europe, mature
The aim of the “6 Billion Others” project is to draw a sensitive and human portrait highlighting the universal and the particular in each individual. The questions we have retained are those common to all humanity since the dawn of time, about happiness, family, experiences, and the meaning of life…. Each individual portrait bears some resemblance to us. Thought-provoking and moving, they induce self-questioning. We went to 75 different countries for this project. Even if the purpose of this project is to mix cultures, after traveling in Rwanda, we realized we must do a special film with those testimonies to tell: a story of a genocide.

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By: Serena Lodovici | IT

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