The ‘600’ documentary film set to premier in United States

On 28 November 2019 at 12:38

The documentary film ‘The 600’ that narrates the story of 600 RPA soldiers who were trapped inside CND, the current Parliament of Rwanda when the airplane carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down in 1994 will be screened for Rwandans residing in the United States.

The screening of the movie was organized by the Embassy of Rwanda in the United States and will happen on the 6th December, 2019 at the Arent Fox LLP in Washington DC. There will be a reception and a plot summary session from 5:30 P.M to 6:30 P.M that will be followed by the screening from 6:30 P.M to 8:00 P.M.

Before the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi happened, the third battalion of the RPA made of 600 soldiers was sent to guard opposition leaders residing in Kigali in regard of the 1993 Arusha Peace Treaty.

This documentary film recounts the bravery and sacrifice the 600 soldiers showed as they were getting outnumbered by the enemy and their journey towards the liberation of the country. The film was written and produced by Richard Hall; an Emmy Award winning Television Producer based in Los Angeles and brought to the screen by Great Blue Productions and Kigali-based ‘A WIZE Media’ of Annette Uwizeye.

Richard Hall says this documentary film gives a memorable lesson about the values to champion not just as soldiers but as human beings and that it is one way of paying tribute to the soldiers who made the Liberation of Rwanda, a reality.

It shows the unity that reigned between the 600 RPA soldiers and the Tutsi families they rescued. Throughout the movie, different rescue mission throughout Kigali are shown including the rescue of nearly two thousand Tutsi who were about to be executed at Saint Paul church between the 16th and 17th June, 1994. Escorted by RPA soldiers, these families passed by Kinamba, Gisozi and through Batsinda and were brought to Kabuye which was already an RPA Camp.

The movie also gives an account of Sergeant Theogene, one of the ‘600’ soldiers who rescued many families from his village with the help of his comrades and the distressing journey they had to bring them to safety including dodging bullets and passing by barriers guarded by the Interahamwe militia.

The last bit of the movie shows the chronicles of St Andre where RPA soldiers rescued hundreds of Tutsi families and brought them to safety amidst flying bullets and bombing by the enemy.

The ‘600’ premiered in Kigali from the 5th to the 14th of July at the Century Cinema.

Richard Hall says this documentary film gives a memorable lesson about the values to champion not just as soldiers but as human beings