Author : Dorcy Rugamba
When it comes to reaching the truth, the adversary is more valuable than whoever voices one’s agreement.
—Karl Jaspers, “La Culpabilité allemande” [The German Guilt]
As in all legal proceedings, the speakers have a right to speak so that, through their statements, the truth can spring and light up the court, the jury, and history. Just as in any other trial, there is more than one version of what happened, since each person has their own version. In 1964, nineteen years after the [Auschwitz] camp liberation, a trial started in Frankfurt.
Why this dressing-up? Why have these Rwandan artists, rather than telling the story of their own genocide, which is still hardly known worldwide, prefer to work on the genocide of the Jews, which has been featured in plays and on the screen time and again? Maybe because dressing-up belongs to the essence of theater and perhaps it allows a special way of telling the truth. Read more »