The Last Dog in Rwanda

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The Last Dog in Rwanda
Directed by Jens Assur
Produced by Daniel Hill
Anna Carlsten
Written by Jens Assur
Cinematography Marek Weiser
Release dates
  • 2006 (2006)
Running time
29 minutes
Country Sweden
South Africa
Language Swedish

The Last Dog in Rwanda is a Swedish short narrative film from 2006 directed and written by Jens Assur. It was Assur's debut both as a writer and a director.[1] The film received critical acclaim.


The Last Dog in Rwanda is based on Assur's own experiences as a photojournalist covering the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

The 24-year-old, news photographer, David is in Rwanda to report on the ongoing genocide. Together with the 30 years older journalist Mats, he travels through the war-torn country in an attempt to chronicle the atrocities taking place against Tutsis and Hutus. It is a film about the fascination of war and the relation between the young David, playing war as a kid, and the real war's appeal and effect on the grown man.

Festivals and Awards

Sedicicorto - International Film Festival, Italy
Special mention of the Jury
Tribeca Film Festival, USA
Best Short Narrative[2]
Nashville Film Festival, USA
Best Short Narrative
Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Clermont Ferrand, France
Grand Prix, International Competition
Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, USA
Best Live Action over 15 minutes
ARCIPELAGO International Festival of Short Films and New Images, Italy
Best Short
Flickerfest, Australia
Coopers Award Best Short

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