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New film investigates Rwanda’s controversial leader

The legacy and impact of Paul Kagame on Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of central Africa has come under greater scrutiny in the past few years. The divisive debate pits the supporters who say he has transformed the small nation against opponents who decry the human rights abuses carried out by Kagame’s regime.

Enter the Rwanda Gambit a new documentary that makes the case that the international community has turned a blind eye to Kagame’s crimes. The film is by Andre Vltchek, a journalist and filmmaker based in Nairobi. The film is sure to spark more debate over Kagame.

He poses the idea that international companies are using Rwanda to extract mineral resources from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Other critics have made such claims, but evidence to substantiate it has always been thin. The trailer and accompanying text make it seem as if this film will try to answer such questions.


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]