From Fons Eppink MI-IM SIR —I read with great interest your review of the film Shooting Dogs (Arts, April 7).1 found myself in total agreement with your reviewer's reflection that Africans are almost always portrayed as poor, hungry and in need of western assistance. And Hollywood seems to always look at Africa from an American perspective with Americans/Europeans (whites) in the leading roles. This is true of the way the Rwandan genocide has been portrayed so far in Hollywood films. The perspective in Hotel Rwanda is no different.
That is why I am surprised and disappointed that the excellent film Sometimes in April, by the black director Raoul Peck, does not even get a mention in the review. This precisely is a film about the genocide where middle-class Rwandans are the protagonists and the African perspective is done full justice. Why does this film not get better recognition? Is it because it was produced somewhat independently of Hollywood?