Monthly Archives: July 2014

RFF Day 2: Genocide ‘shorts’ impress

When asked why the genocide continues to feature prominently in contemporary Rwandan cinema, renowned filmmaker Eric Kabera explains that in much the same way holocaust stories continue to be told, so will genocide stories.

The protagonist in "Akaliza Keza"

The protagonist in “Akaliza Keza”

Sunday had two poignant short films that tell the genocide story in a profound way. The protagonist in young Director Philbert Aime Mbabazi’s Akaliza Keza plummets into self-destruction when she learns that her fiancé concealed his Hutu identity from her. This during a visit to her prospective in-laws in which she discovers that her future father-in-law was the man that inflicted on her younger brother a cranial blow that left him mentally deranged. Now adult, he has the mind of a toddler playing with Lego toys and creating mud sculptures. In third trimester of pregnancy, Akaliza tries to abort her baby by imbibing a concoction of detergent and potent brew because she refuses to bring another Hutu into the world. y imbibing a concoction of detergent coupled with an alcoholic binge. Thankfully, the baby survives. But what stands out in Mbabazi’s short is his imaginative cinematic style that pays great attention to aesthetics. You rarely get such fine camera work in these parts especially with such a sobering subject.

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RFF Day 1; post-genocide doccie “Intore” opens Rwanda Film Fest 

Opening with an indigenous film at the 2014 Rwanda Film Festival was quite telling in itself. Regional festivals do not have half as much belief in films from their own backyard enough to give them such a ringing endorsement. Eric Kabera’s film Intore flagged off a weeklong celebration of global cinema in a country anxious to use cinema as soft power. That he is the de facto patriarch of Rwandan cinema may have had something to do with it. His other works include 100 Days on of the first genocide films by a local long before the likes of Sometimes in April and Hotel Rwanda.

Intore documentary poster

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