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Theme: Hope in a Time of Horror

Author photo of Naomi Benaron

Cover of Running the Rift

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Author Naomi Benaron talks about her inspirations for writing this book

Books & Movies Related to Running the Rift and Rwanda

Gacaca : Living Together again in Rwanda? Dir. Aghion, Anne, Philip Brooks, Laurent Bocahut, et al. First Run/Icarus Films, 2002.

Carney, J. J. Rwanda before the Genocide : Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Web.

Carr, Rosamond Halsey, and Ann Howard Halsey. Land of a Thousand Hills : My Life in Rwanda. New York, N.Y.: Plume, 2000. Web.

Dallaire, Roméo, and Brent Beardsley. Shake Hands with the Devil : The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. New York; Berkeley, Calif.: Carroll & Graf; Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2004. Web.

De la Bédoyère, Camilla, and Dian Fossey. No One Loved Gorillas More : Dian Fossey, Letters from the Mist. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2005. Web.

Eckhart, Gene, and Annette Lanjouw. Mountain Gorillas : Biology, Conservation, and Coexistence. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. Web.Ensign, Margee M., and William E. Bertrand. Rwanda : History and Hope. Lanham: University Press of America, Inc., 2010. Web.

Gourevitch, Philip. We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow we Will be Killed with our Families : Stories from Rwanda. 1st ed. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998. Web.

As we Forgive. Dir. Hinson, Laura Waters, Kasey Kirby, Jeannie Hall Hagopian, et al. Image Bearer Pictures, 2008.

Ilibagiza, Immaculée, and Steve Erwin. Left to Tell : Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust. Carlsbad, Calif.: Hay House, Inc., 2006. Web.

Kinzer, Stephen. A Thousand Hills : Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed it. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, 2008. Web.

Longman, Timothy Paul. Christianity and Genocide in Rwanda. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. African Studies Web.

Melvern, Linda. A People Betrayed : The Role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide. London ; New York; New York: Zed Books; Distributed in the USA exclusively by St. Martin's Press, 2000. Web.

Peck, Raoul, et al. Sometimes in April. United States: Home Box Office, 2005. Web.

Robbins, Martha M., Pascale Sicotte, and Kelly J. Stewart, eds. Mountain Gorillas : Three Decades of Research at Karisoke. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Web.

Rusesabagina, Paul, and Tom Zoellner. An Ordinary Man : An Autobiography. New York: Viking, 2006. Web.

Torchin, Leshu. Creating the Witness : Documenting Genocide on Film, Video, and the Internet. 26 Vol. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Visible Evidence ; 26 Web.

The Triumph of Evil. Dir. Robinson, Mike, Ben Loeterman, Steve Bradshaw, et al. WGBH Educational Foundation; distributed by PBS Video, 1999. 

Uvin, Peter. Aiding Violence : The Development Enterprise in Rwanda. West Hartford, CT: Kumarian Press, 1998. Web.

Search these issues from this book:

Running as a metaphor in fiction writing

Identity as a young person

Hutu and Tutsi

Class systems in Rwanda

Running in the Olympics




Culture clashes


Role of the Media in genocide

Rwanda in the News

History of Hutus and Tutsis

Rwanda Country Studies