VIDEO: Leatherhead school pupils' touching documentary marking 20th anniversary of Rwandan Genocide (From This Is Local London)
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VIDEO: Leatherhead school pupils' touching documentary marking 20th anniversary of Rwandan Genocide
Updated 4:06pm Sunday 6th April 2014 in News
A group of schoolchildren from Leatherhead have made a film commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide - featuring fascinating interviews with survivors, journalists and politicians.
The 10 pupils from St John's School in Epsom Road have chosen the anniversary as the subject of the annual BBC school report project - gathering together an impressive list of interviewees to talk about their experiences.
They hope the film and accompanying book will be seen by one million young people, in an attempt to raise more awareness of the slaughter, which began on April 6, 1994.
Approximately one million Rwandans were killed during the 100 day massacre, and the St John's pupils will be sending a copy of their film and book to every secondary school in the UK in the hope students are made aware of the events that took place.
They will also be sending a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron every day for the next 100 days, asking him to work to ensure a similar tragedy never happens again.
The students interviewed survivors, journalists and politicians for their film on Rwanda, including Liliane, who was a young girl when she saw her mother and father murdered in the genocide.
The pupils also recorded interviews with journalists who reported from Rwanda at the time, including Channel 4 News international editor Lindsey Hilsum, Mark Austin from ITN News and Roger Hearing from BBC Radio 4.
Former First Minister for Scotland Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale and Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development, also speak to the pupils about the genocide.
BBC News anchor Fiona Bruce and comedian Harry Enfield both recorded readings of survivors’ testimony, while actor Sam West narrated the film.
Click below to see a trailer of St John's School's film, "We Remember Rwanda"
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