I use this movie and viewing guide as a way to teach the genocide. Before I show the movie, I use a timeline activity (included!) to introduce the concept of genocide, explain the general background to Rwanda in the 1950’s, and share some of the statistics of the genocide. The main “teaching” from this preview activity is guided by an article from the BBC on the Rwandan genocide that explains the timeline from Belgian colonization to independence and the build up to the genocide. I show the movie to elaborate on the events in the timeline and help students understand how serious and devastating hate, violence, and genocide are on ordinary people. Most students say the movie helps their understanding!