"Miracle in Rwanda" chronicles the dramatic events of Immaculée Ilibagiza during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. More…
In April 1994 in Rwanda, an extremist militia of Hutu tribesmen began a brutal, widespread effort to exterminate all members of the Tutsi minority tribe. A Catholic young woman named Immaculee went into hiding, armed only with the rosary her father gave her.
While marauders searched for her, she made a decision to pray using the beads her father gave her, transforming her heart and mind, so that in the midst of this holocaust, she found the core divinity within her, the place that no killer can eradicate.
The message is one of personal empowerment, of overcoming all obstacles through the power of faith, and ultimately finding peace of mind amidst unbelievable hardship. Often called “our generation’s Anne Frank”—yet one who thankfully survived—the true miracle of Immaculée’s story is her ability to forgive.
“A true story and gruesome tale of fear, loss, ethnicide, and inhumanity...’Miracle In Rwanda’ is a must-see because it makes you re-analyze what is hope and bravery...This tale is brutal in context but regal in essence. As Maleika transforms her body...you are transfixed by the actress’ ability to become a completely different human being, but one that is connected in changing her character’s life forever...Its religious subtext is a driving force in amplifying that the human spirit is super... Full Review
“’Miracle in Rwanda’ is not a story about the atrocities, fear, the horrors of bloodlust and revenge. It is a story about unquantifiable, unfathomable forgiveness...Uwamahoro, tells the story through movement, strong characterizations, and an open heart. She is wonderfully priceless...The direction slows the piece down and the unnecessary blackouts hinder the flow of this horrifically beautiful story...But please don’t let that keep you from experiencing ‘Miracle in Rwanda’.” Full Review
“This one person play brings light to the dark...Uwamahoro’s portrayal is sensitive, heartfelt and inspiring...Her performance shows us the journey to redemption from this awful chapter of human history...Transitions are smooth and have a flow...This is a show for anyone who has ever lost their faith. What is so amazing is this play shows how despite such a huge amount of pain from both sides peace can be had and humanity can forgive and start anew.” Full Review
"As Immaculée, actress Malaika Uwamahoro beautifully demonstrates the young woman's inner strength, along with a sweet boldness that serves her well during this terrible time. Uwamahoro plays many other characters as well...As much as a I love a short runtime, this was a case where I wouldn't have minded a little more length, particularly to get a bit more insight into how Immaculée and the others endured the physical and psychological strain." Full Review
"Uwamahoro’s brilliant portrayal of numerous people...'Miracle in Rwanda' focuses less on the history and politics of the conflict and more on how Ilibagiza found the strength and compassion to absolve her tormentors...Ilibagiza’s grace and resilience is inspiring...A more comprehensive frame would illuminate this shameful chapter in world history and elevate 'Miracle in Rwanda' from a story of individual transcendence to something deeper." Full Review
"The one-woman show 'Miracle in Rwanda' relates the true-life experiences of Immaculée Ilibagiza. As a young woman, she survived the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda by hiding for more than three months in a 3x4 foot bathroom along with five-and, eventually, seven-other human beings: all women and girls. The play uses the tag line 'An Inspirational True Story of Hope and Forgiveness,' but how much inspiration can be gleaned from such a horrific story?" Full Review
"'Not particularly dramatic. Even a potentially heart-rending scene when Imaculée reads a log of the dead is deadened by its soporific pacing…The historical revelation of monstrous inhumanity does not automatically guarantee strong drama…The play is very well acted by Uwamahoro…A tortoise-like pace, interminable pauses, and actionless scenes help what might have been a potent piece about Rwanda become a sleepy sojourn in Yawnda." Full Review
See it if emotionally gripping, resonant, realistic biographical drama artfully crafted and performed for 70 min. enthralls, regardless of your faith.
Don't see it if you cannot sit through 70 intense mins in small theatre, no set, one woman performance of Rowanda Tutsi 1994 Diary of Anne Frank story.
See it if You want to be enthralled from beginning to end by one actor playing multiple roles in telling an astonishing story.
Don't see it if You don’t like beautiful stories of human triumph
See it if you like first person accounts of historical events, even if they are disturbing
Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows with multiple characters or frequent references to Christian religion and faith
See it if you like to see how to forgive people who did the worst possible: killing members of one's family; and how to have hope in most dire times.
Don't see it if genocide is too terrible a subject for you to think about in your free time.
See it if You are interested in an inside view of a human tragedy As experienced by 1 person; if you are unfamiliar with that history and want info
Don't see it if You are not concerned about learning of human rights violations, you do not like 1 actor in all the roles, stories of violence trigger you
See it if You're ready to get uncomfortable and hear truth about a terrible genocide. You like 1-man shows acted masterfully, each character nuanced.
Don't see it if Disturbing content triggers you or you're unable to sit still for 70 miss. Lots of noisy audience members during the silences in the script.
See it if Riveting depiction of the Horrors in Rwanda by one woman in a 70 minute play. Very intense and a story that needs to be told.
Don't see it if You prefer more upbeat and not to serious plays or subject matters.
See it if you would like to learn about one person's journey to forgiveness during the darkness of the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda.
Don't see it if you are not interested in understanding someone's capacity to forgive perpetrators of genocide.
See it if You love art that tells about the horrors of reality in a moving way. You will enjoy the lead's ability to act with just a look of her eye
Don't see it if You have a problem focusing on a sole performer in a quiet production. Or aren't interested in current events in theater
See it if You are interested in s well-acted play based on true story of genocide in Rwanda or if you like one-woman plays
Don't see it if You dislike one-woman shows, want to see a comedy or musical. Also don"t see if you can't handle hearing true story of genocide in Rwanda.
See it if How does one truly survive great trauma? With faith and forgiveness. Mini history lesson on Rwanda genocide.
Don't see it if Genocide, faith/Christianity, or one person shows are not your thing.
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See it if You like 1 woman shows , great acting and serious subjects with a Christian thread of redemption
Don't see it if You want a light night out and want a sleek elaborate production. This is spare in content and form
See it if the Rwandan genocide is of concern, you enjoy one person shows depicting the impact of a tragedy on a particular person, like hopeful ending
Don't see it if staging with too many overly lengthy transitions to designate time elapse, and underwritten story of a horrific period are dissuade you
See it if Girl's religious faith & love guides her through survival ordeal and enables her to forgive afterwards. Well acted. Uplifting.
Don't see it if You want more historical details and breadth. You want more drama. A test of patience & fortitude, w/many blackouts used to mark time.
See it if want to see a play based on a personal true story during genocide in Rwanda,how faith helped her to heal,even forgive the person who caused
Don't see it if Violence, genocide, murder are the topics you want to avoid, barebone theater, solo shows are not your thing
See it if If you are interested in the genocide in Rwanda, you like stories of survival or are interested in a particular story related to these event
Don't see it if If you do like one-woman shows were the actor plays many characters or a personal approach to history.
See it if You don't already know about the Hutu's horrible genocide of the Tusti tribe, politics etc
Don't see it if You love one person shows that largely weave Christianity into the performance
See it if You are drawn to stories of people retelling traumatic experiences and how they managed to resolve the resulting issues of anger and revenge
Don't see it if You are looking for something light and cheery
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