April 2004 is the month of mourning in the new Rwandan calendar. While the country is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the genocide, children play games. Filmmaker Sarah Vanagt spent the Easter holiday in a 'children's republic', governed by genocide orphans and refugee children in the war-torn border zone between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Not only have these children experienced war atrocities and extreme poverty at a young age, their childhood remains burdened by the current political instability of the region. Begin, Began, Begun approaches these themes apolitically, through the imagination of children and their play.
The films will be followed by a discussion hosted by International Alert, an international peacebuilding NGO.