When Switzerland became involved in Ruanda in the 1960s, it entailed a dangerous game with the power elite from the start. It was the genocide of 800'000 people in 1994, however, that led to a rethinking of development aid. The film offers those involved at that time a chance to speak, as well as examining further the question of whether doing good always does good.
We Came to Help, trying to do good in Rwanda.
A laptop screen is the medium through which the characters that were somehow involved in the Swiss Cooperation Agency in Rwanda look at themselves several years ago. Confronting the archival material of the time in which one of the greatest genocides in history (800,000 dead) was being forged, offers an opportunity to recall the facts and to review the appropriateness of that foreign government incursion into the small country of Southeast Africa.
The film directed by Thomas Isler is in the beginning necessarily pedagogical due to the delicate geopolitical context. The interviewees, who are Rwandans and mostly Swiss, have a myriad of historical materials to detonate their testimonies, whether the raw amateur footage of the refugee camps, an old photo album or the institutional video of the controversial State-owned trade company "Trafipro", which represents one of the neuralgic research lines of the documentary.