a documentary by
Markus Schmidt, Jan Bernotat & Marion Glaser


Is it ever possible to solve armed conflicts in a peaceful way?
How will a UN-demobilisation officer convince militia groups to lay down their arms?

The war in Congo began with the genocide in Rwanda: not only the murderers fled into neighbouring Congo but also the Hutu-army and thousands of civilians were on the run from collective vengeance.
For over a decade the Congolese people have suffered at the hands of the armed Hutu.

The Canadian UN-demobilisation officer Eric Besner is sent to convince the Rwandan Hutu militias to return to a civil existence in their homeland.
An almost impossible task, as the Hutu still fear the vengeance of the Tutsi should they return to Rwanda.

But can the Hutu-fighters be collectivly accused as the genociders?
Is the UN able to end the conflict, without coming to terms with the past?
It seems that truth is not necessarily a stabilising factor.

The filmmakers follow Eric Besner on his delicate mission and talk to people involved in the conflict:
Bernard Kalume, the singer in a famous Rwandan band who barely escaped the genocide - is confronted with the Hutu-combatants in his role as an UN-Interpreter.

The blue helmet General Shujaat sees little chance of success as long as the mineral smuggling from the conflict area yields enormous profits for the Tutsi Regime in Rwanda.

The Hutu-militias have an elected leadership but peace negotiations won’t take place as Hutu "President" Ignace Murvanashyaka is regarded as a terrorist by the Tutsi.

The Congolese priest Abbé Masumbuku is desperate and helpless - he can only document the continuing crimes in the Walungu-Area against the Congolese civilians.

Captain Chico of the Congolese army wants to chase the Hutu-militias out of Congo once and for all and deliberately provokes an escalation in the violence.