Combustible Celluloid Review - Trees of Peace (2022), Alanna Brown, Alanna Brown, Eliane Umuhire, Charmaine Bingwa, Ella Cannon, Bola Koleosho, Tongayi Chirisa
Combustible Celluloid
 
With: Eliane Umuhire, Charmaine Bingwa, Ella Cannon, Bola Koleosho, Tongayi Chirisa
Written by: Alanna Brown
Directed by: Alanna Brown
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 97
Date: 06/10/2022
IMDB

Trees of Peace (2022)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Hiding Grace

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Alanna Brown's Trees of Peace is one of the most harrowing movies you will ever see, inspiring viewers to curl up into a tight ball, both physically and emotionally, but its power is undeniable and its rewards are many. It takes place in 1994 in Rwanda, when the Hutu people began killing the Tutsi people, en masse, sparking a genocide. (According to an opening crawl, hatred was whipped up between the two groups by Belgian colonizers.) Four women escape the killings by hiding in a small food cellar, fitted with one tiny window, for what they expect will be only a couple of days. As time drags on, their stories come out. Annick (Eliane Umuhire) is pregnant after several miscarriages, Sister Jeannette (Charmaine Bingwa) is a nun and a teacher, Mutesi (Bola Koleosho) — with blood on her collar throughout — is cynical and hostile, and Peyton (Ella Cannon) is a volunteer from America with a dark past. The women argue, talk, tell stories, support one another, and just generally try to survive, while Brown deftly balances existential dread with small moments of hope.

Hulu
TASCHEN
Buy Movies from The Movie Collector's Website. FREE U.S. SHIPPING WITH ANY $50 ORDER!!
300x250