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Romeo & Juliet in Kigali: How a Soap Opera Sought to Change Behavior in Rwanda

Synopsis
Shankar Vedantam presents a look at the way a people is dehumanised before a genocide. Featuring the experiences and theories of Ervin Staub, it first looks at his experiences in Nazi Germany and then looks in more detail at the genocide in Rwanda. Vedantam looks at how the radio soap opera Musekeweya, which features two warring families, the Muhumuro and the Bumanzi, modelled on the Montagues and Capulets in Romeo and Juliet, tried to promote a spirit of reconciliation after the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The soap is now in its 14th year and is still hugely popular.
Series
Hidden Brain
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Audio
Transmission details
16 Apr 2018
Duration
51:46

Credits

Contributor
Shankar Vedantam

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Romeo and Juliet
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
genocide; Rwanda

Notes

Notes
A transcript of the programme is available from the website.

Online Availability

Online URL
https://www.npr.org/2018/04/16/602872309/romeo-juliet-in-kigali-how-a-soap-opera-sought-to-change-behavior-in-rwanda
Online format
Streamed/Download

Related

Name

NPR

Web
https://www.npr.org/ External site opens in new window
Notes
National Public Radio, based in Washington, USA.

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