Runtime: 1h 30m
In the early 1990s, as tensions were rising in Rwanda, a local radio station, RTLM, broadcast a discussion and phone programme that encouraged Hutus to kill their Tutsi neighbours. Milo Rau’s shattering piece has been around since 2011, but it is no less startling as it recreates this broadcast and intercuts it with filmed monologues in which Rwandans remember the horrors of the genocide. Like everything made by the Swiss-born Rau, this is not for the faint-hearted, but I have never seen any of his post-documentary performance pieces that didn’t both provoke and enthral in equal measure.
Can words kill? Can a radio broadcast fuel massacres? Rwanda, 1994. A radio broadcast sparks the most brutal genocide since the end of the Cold War. Rwandan society is swept away by the idea of eradicating a minority in the name of peace and freedom. Twenty years on, an award-winning dramatist reconstructs a radio broadcast from RTLM using eyewitness accounts, studies, and reports of real-life events during the genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda. The acclaimed Swiss theatre director, journalist and lecturer Milo Rau brings their award-winning piece Hate Radio to BAC after touring from the Avignon Festival and the Theatertreffen, Berlin to more than twenty countries. This performance is in French and Kinyarwanda. All performances will be captioned in English. Age Recommendation: 14+