Telling Truths in Arusha

Beate Arnestad

Fifteen years after the civil war in Rwanda, priest Hormisdas stands trial for genocide. Telling Truths in Arusha follows the Norwegian judge who has reach a verdict in his case. And that is not an easy task, as testimonies are contradictory.

Priest Hormisdas Nsengimana stands trial for genocide and crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda) in Arusha, Tanzania. During the 1994 genocide, Hormisdas was working as a priest and headmaster of the Collège Christ-Roi, a catholic secondary school in Nyance, a town in the south of Rwanda. He was allegedly affiliated to a group of Hutu extremists that willfully carried out attacks on Tutsis. He is also accused of direct and indirect involvement in the killings.
Telling Truths in Arusha obtains access to the courtroom. Fifteen years after, the judge has to base his verdict on oral testimonies, that plead both in favour and against the priest. How will he interpret the different versions of the truth brought forward by the witnesses? And how is the fact that fear of reprisal dissuaded many witness from testifying taken into account?
Norwegian director Beate Arnestad previously made the award-winning documentary My Daughter the Terrorist, about two female Black Tigers in Sri Lanka.


Beate Arnestad
Country of production
58 minutes
Spoken language
English, French, Norwegian
Production company
SF Norge Produksjon AS
World Sales
Norwegian Film Institute