Hate is Stronger than Love Word Count 1100 Hate is Stronger than Love A row of dead bodies and sad faces opens the documentary As We Forgive, directed by and starring Laura Hinson. Full of the devastation that’s in their lives these children and adults capture the type of pain caused by Rwanda’s genocide. Thus, Hinson begins building her argument that the people of Rwanda need help and the reconciliation project is design to help ease the pain caused by the genocide and show the people apart of the genocide taking responsibility for their actions during this horrific event.
In As We Forgive, Laura Hinson tries to evoke sympathy and appreciation for Rwanda’s reconciliation efforts, but she oversimplifies the historical context and sentimentalizes the experiences of both victims and perpetrators. Hinson places herself front and center as the lead interviewer in this documentary, establishing ethos through real-time interviews.
She tells us at the beginning what has happened in Rwanda in 1994, and while she not manipulate any answers to the interview questions she lets them speak freely at any given moment. At the outset, she shows background images to set the mood; by the end, she is filming people going through reconciliation. Part of the film’s approach is to make us feel the pain and suffering on both sides the victims and perpetrators and that one victim is not as forgiving at first when confronted with her family’s killer. quote) yet Hinson is making a point with this documentary, and puts herself in harm’s way to some extent in the process. Further, Hinson approach falls into “What was left for Rwanda was the remnant of these neighbors, the people left to the challenge of rebuilding their country and perhaps finding as no other collective group of people had found before, the true meaning of “Love your neighbor, as you love yourself. ” (Jennifer Murray).
Even though she just focus on four main characters for the entire documentary is a more personal experience, the ethos Hinson establishes as a country rebuilding after a major time of grief; we start to feel the pain that the main characters are feeling, helping us believe Hinson is somebody who wants to open the eye’s of people all over the world so she shot real-time encounters. The United States government is Hinson major target- and with good reason. By asking early in the film “Why the United States didn’t come to the aid of a country whose people was being exterminated? she addresses the counterargument that United States was not obligated to attend to another country affairs so the genocide can’t be blamed on the US but the Rwandan government. Hinson gathers information about what was happening in Rwanda and what the government was doing about it like who they were asking for help, where the military, and etc. was without bombarding viewers with information, the film reflects the reality of Rwanda’s situation that has been detailed in other movies, such as award winning movie Hotel Rwanda.
Rwandan people are in a time of great prosperity because of the reconciliation program. As with most Films, the visual images lead the argument. Hinson fills the screen quite literally with sad people. She shows dead bodies and sad children all over Rwanda. She pictures many of these people going in and out of their stack of a home looking for food. Hinson uses the camera well, so that we see, for instance, close-ups of the pain of lost and anger of thoughts of revenge. The final image in the film is a women working all by herself with no help as Hinson asks her viewers, “What if this Happen to you? Some viewers may think that Hinson doesn’t shows us more in sequences such as the reconciliation program being formed which causes us to think this program might not be real. Does she go too far? For some, maybe but when we consider that her target audience is primarily teachers and government officials, we have to admit that he will get their attention. That teacher audience is apparent in her appeals to pathos through sorrow and misery. At one point her interviews with the victims would they be able to start a new without hesitation they said they will try their best.
In another sequence, visual and audio come together when we watch an overwhelming amount of sad father and motherless people. The visual image and real-time interviews all remind us “How documentaries construct reality”, yet Hinson also develop her argument about the dangers of not being concern about global problems with appeals to your reason. She offers facts and statistics, such as the estimated total of Death during Rwanda’s genocide; the number of victims and perpetrators in the reconciliation program, and how many people has been helped by Reconciliation.
If we think of a documentary film as a 21st century persuasive essay, then we have to ask whether Hinson achieved purpose of raising awareness of the dangers of not addressing global problems. Ultimately, it is difficult to care about things that are not happening to you or even things that are not happening in your own country. In As We Forgive we saw Hinson film people going through the aftermath of the genocide. People like to think forgiving someone who hurt u is the right thing to do. I think u never truly forgive the one that hurt you. Pain is a very strong emotion that many people in Rwanda feel so very often.
In As We Forgive, Laura Hinson tries to evoke sympathy and appreciation for Rwanda’s reconciliation efforts, but she oversimplifies the historical context and sentimentalizes the experiences of both victims and perpetrators. Hinson view on Rwanda’s reconciliation efforts seems to show the program forcing the genocide criminals of Rwanda who murdered entire families into the faces of the survivors of the genocide. And force the victims to confront their families’ murderer. Forgiving someone that destroyed your entire life is not that simplistic; pain runs deep for everybody no-matter what continent you may be on.