Frederick Ndabaramiye at Frozen River Film Festival

Ndabaramiye, is also an artist and the subject of the documentary I Am Able.


In 6-weeks, the Frozen River Film Festival will bring another round of dynamic programming to Winona, Minnesota.

Frederick Ndabaramiye, a key highlight for the 2016 festival travels from Africa to speak of his experience during the Rwandan genocide.

When Ndabaramiye was 15, rebels in his native Rwanda cut off his hands and left him for dead.

He was on his way to visit his uncle in a neighboring town when the bus he was riding on was ambushed by rebels left over from the 1994 Rwandan civil war, in which 800,000 people died.

The rebels told the teenager to kill the other people on the bus, and when he refused they tied his upper arms together and beat him.

Then they tied him to a tree where he stayed for seven hours.

They then forced him to watch as they murdered all the other passengers.

Then they came after him. “I thought I was going to die,” Ndabaramiye remembers.

Ndbaramiye’s transformative story, art and documentary can be viewed during the Frozen River Film Festival on February 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Page Theater.

A second screening and Q&A will be held Sunday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Winona State University.

There will also be a chance to receive a signed copy of his book.

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