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Parents' Guide to

Trees of Peace

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Women hide from genocide; language, intense violence.

Movie NR 2022 97 minutes
Trees of Peace

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The first half of Trees of Peace feels like a recap of other movies about people under duress during wartime. The message is the usual: Some are noble and generous, and others are weak, selfish, angry, critical, and ungrateful. But director Alanna Brown begins to break the characters down into individuals and although some of their backstories feel a bit cliched, the actors help create a believable growing bond that unites the women, leaving us with an inspiring story of loyalty and also soaring female power.

Text that runs at the movie's end describes the triumph over tragedy of women who survived the genocide and created healing reconciliation tribunals that bathed the broken country in forgiveness and led to high numbers of women in leadership positions, a higher percentage of female government officials than any other nation on earth. It's interesting to note that the film doesn't bother to explain why the Hutu hate the Tutsi. The answer is obvious as it is for all prejudices: There is no good reason.

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