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'Shooting Dogs' screened in Rwanda

March 28, 2006 at 10:52 AM

KIGALI, Rwanda, March 28 (UPI) -- About 1,500 people, including government officials, attended the world premiere of "Shooting Dogs" at the soccer stadium in Kigali, Rwanda.

Survivors of, and relatives of those killed, in the 1994 school massacre portrayed in the film attended the screening Monday night, the BBC reported.

The film was shot on location at the Kigali school complex where the militia attacked residents hiding inside. Many survivors of the attack were extras in the film starring John Hurt and Hugh Dancy.

Rwandan Culture Minister Habineza Joseph said participating in the film was a "rewarding experience" for his people.

"The story that is told in the film is an important contribution to this country's recent history and I believe can help in the process of reconciliation that we have been building in Rwanda for more than a decade," he added.

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