STATELESS (in development)

a documentary film by Benedict Moran

Jérôme Bicamumpaka spends his days waiting in a safehouse in the hills of Arusha, Tanzania. Bicamumpaka, the former Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs, was in office during the 1994 genocide, when over 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were slaughtered in just 100 days. In July of that year, as his government collapsed in defeat, Bicamumpaka fled the country with his family. He spent years on the run before being arrested by an international court and tried for crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. In 2011, after twelve years of trial proceedings, he was found not guilty. Like most of the other men that the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) acquitted, Bicamumpaka is now technically free. But he lives in a virtual prison, with no money or papers to travel overseas. This engrossing documentary tells Bicamumpaka’s the story: a man in the winter of his life, alone, destitute, broken, with dwindling options, dreaming about a chance at a normal life. We learn about Bicamumpaka’s complex relationship with his family, their struggle to reconcile with their father and husband, and finally their fight to have him legally emigrate to Canada.


format 60 & 80 MINUTES