Director: Joop van Wijk
Country: Tanzania
Year: 1997
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Language: Swahili and Kinyarwanda


This documentary highlights the changes due to the massive flow of Rwandan civil war refugees to Tanzania in 1994. Hundreds of thousands Rwandanese have taken shelter just across the border near the village Ngara, next to Tranzanias important trade route. The local population is trying to make ends meet albeit the Rwandan refugees heavily influence the economics and the safety of the area. Local Tanzanians describe how they cope with the economic difficulties and the increasing crime. Also, the construction of the refugee camp Benaco for the Rwandese near Ngara has been a big change for the local community. The documentary successfully shows how the horrific civil war in Rwanda also has its severe consequences across the border.

About the Director

Joop van Wijk

joopvBiography: Joop van Wijk was born in 1950 in the Netherlands, studied medicine in Utrecht, became an MD in 1975, and worked as a doctor in Africa and the Netherlands. In 1978 he took up filmmaking with partner Hillie Molenaar in the independent production company Molenwiek Film, Amsterdam in 1978.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Crossroads (1998);
The Daily Nation (2000).

Alter Ego (1986);
Cannot Run Away (1988);
Crossroads (1997);
The Daily Nation (1999);
Echoes Of War (2005).