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The RCC squad September 19, 2008

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If you ever come across the phrase “we here at RCC”, be informed that the ‘we’ represents the following people:

Eric Kabera

Pierre Kayitana

Jacques Rutabingwa

Jeff Kanakuze

Ayuub Kasasa

Emilienne Benurugo

Joselyne Umutoniwase

Thierry Dushimimana

Nicole K. Umutoni

Rodrigue Karekezi

Steve Sebasore

Bruce kamunimba

Olivier Uwayezu

Albert Nzabonimana

Cyrille Ndegeya

Christian Gankombe

Safari Eugene

Venuste Nsekanabo

Oswardi (Gato) Hapimimana

These are also the people behind the Rwanda Film Festival and any Hillywood event, so come March next year don’t hesitate to summon the film squad!!


4 Responses to “The RCC squad”

  1. wow!this is great,for sure i’ll be there.

  2. On the Road, on the Move…

    Now, the news from L.A and the USA tour.
    This is one of the most successfull trip I have been to in America.
    I went from NY to Michigan, Chicago Minnesota, Vegas and now Los Angeles! is it like Tour D’Amerique/ tour de France? no!
    After good discussions with Tribeca and the plan for the first film Lab between our two organisations; Tribeca and Rwanda Cinema Centre with the support of the Rwanda Government- the first lab will take place this and next year!

    This good news was culminated by a great moment shared at Jane Rosenthal and Craig in their beautifull house in New York, an eveninng that honored the President of Rwanda, President Paul Kagame- An evening that was attended by some top Executives and celebrities that included Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Kimiko from Quincy Jones Productions, Minister Joseph Habineza and few other Top Executives from the Business and entertainment industry!
    This was a very beautifull evening when the President of Rwanda explained in few words the progress of Rwanda today, in his simple words expressing ways that have made big changes in people’s lives in current Rwanda, the Challenges ahead, East Africa federation opportunities and potential…

    The program of our exchange program with, Tribeca and Rwanda Cinema Centre was continued with the follow up of the Scholastic Press Corsp who had come from Rwanda with some news reporting about the conservation of the Gorrillas… made a huge difference during the Gorrillas Summit at Scholastic.

    That was a week of meetings and potential possible ways to collaborate with Rwanda and other Companies such as BET and others…
    From New York, I went to Hope College in Michigan where a possible collaboration between RCC and Hope college can take place when their students may be coming to Rwanda to learn about our experience and some of our student can go to Hope to learn more on Television and film in a well established and respected college in the Midwest. Discussions will continue with Hope College.

    This college is well respected and some of their students came to Rwanda this year to visit the work of NCV a children village founded by Floriane Nibakure.

    From Michigan, we drove to Chicago! I loved Chicago, it is a great city.
    As we drove and moved from places to places, I was writting, Dudu goes to the World!
    My first comedy feature movie! Very inspiring movie that you would enjoy one day during the 2010 World Cup events and after…
    I went to Minnessota and spent 3 days writting, right after that I went to Las Vegas to meet with Grace, one of our supporter and board member at the rwanda Cinema Centre team in the States, Grace took me to see Circle Du Soleil, Mystere!
    Woa, what a production that was, Must See!
    Then I spent 3 nights in Vegas, Writting.
    Next stop was Los Angeles, My city, the city of Cars and Traffic but I love it, the weather is like being in Africa! So here was Hillywood into Hollywood.

    Meetings after meetings took place!
    I went to See Saddle back Church, Larry Dean drove me to Orange County, almost 2 hours from L.A! what a drive, beautiful but exhausting ride!

    The next day, I had to meet the board and supporters of RCC, Monica, Phil, Jon and Amy! Great dinner and great exchange of ideas, one of them being: we need to get some one to help RCC to fundraise and mobilise more money and resources and run this project to greater heights!
    Great meeting and discussion we had, the following day on a sunday I went to Phil and Monica house for a movie night! What an Experience! Superb BluRay technology Cinema! Exclusive, on the Carte was the movie The visitor, Great Independent movie! check it out with the reviting reviews on netflex!
    Before the movie we had great food, wine and as an Entree into the theatre, a live concert of Bruce Springstein! one more reason to have a movie theatre back home, the Rwanda Cinema Centre movie hall!
    Monday of the next days, meetings started…
    We met with Academy of Motion Pictures, they are interested in working with us by bringing American top filmmakers to come and teach at the Centre when the Rwanda Film Academy is up and running. RFI- so be involved into the journey!

    The Shoah Foundation will have Rwanda Cinema Centre as the focal point for the training of the videographers who will be used to record the testimonies of the survivors of the tutsi genocide.
    Sundance is keen to have an exchange program with Rwanda Cinema Centre, once we have the first contact. I am submitting my script for the lab SUNDANCE 2009!

    Dudu goes to the world cup will potentially be the first comedy script ouT of Africa into the Lab.
    Last but not least, a big achievement is to have Morrison and Foerester be our legal council and part of this journey in helping us to get some of the legal work done for us!
    Jane Kagon and Ed Greenberg opened the doors for us to meet with the High Profile lawyer Kelly Crabb at Morrisson who gave us few minutes of his precious time to know of the Rwanda Cinema Centre and what we have achieved.
    As for now, I plan to go to Utah and check the screen to be shipped to Rwanda and also have the time to continue writing the comedy!
    we keep in touch as we keep tracking this progress, may be the next person to open the door; might be you.
    As you knock on the Door of RCC, we are open- walk in…
    join us for the Rwanda film festival 2009!
    welcome to hillywood.

    Thanks for being part of this Journey!

  3. Killers Among Us/ A documentary dealing with Justice after the genocide.
    Be Involved and learn more on the film and the Project:

    A presentation that took place in Atlanta last year:

    Emory Did Hosts Workshop on the Search for Justice in the Rwanda Genocide

    Emory Department of Global Health professor and director of the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group, Susan Allen, hosts January 24-26 a workshop “Killers Among Us: The Continuing Search for Justice in the Rwanda Genocide.”

    The workshop, which included panel discussions, film screenings, and lectures, features one of Rwanda’s top filmmakers Eric Kabera, director of the award-winning film, “Keepers of Memory,” presented at the Atlanta Film Festival in 2006 and producer of the 2001, film “100 Days.” He is also the founder of the Rwanda Cinema Centre, which hosts “Hillywood,” a series of films screened in rural areas with the use of portable inflatable screens.

    The event also featured panel discussions and lectures by human rights activists, Rakiya Omaar and Gregory Gordon. Omaar, a human rights lawyer and director of the international non-profit Africa Rights, chronicles the 1994 genocide from inside Rwanda in her book, Death, Despair, and Defiance. Her books and reports have served as the basis for the arrests of a number of the top masterminds of the Rwanda genocide.

    Rwandan film producer Eric Kabera/ director Killers among us.

    Emory Department of Global Health professor Susan Allen

    Gregory Gordon, an expert on war crimes prosecution, worked with the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda where he served as legal officer and deputy team leader. He currently teaches at the University of North Dakota in the areas of criminal law, criminal procedure, and international human rights law.

    For more information on Susan Allen’s work in Rwanda, check the upcoming film: killers among us/ search for Justice.


    Killers among us is a sensitive and timely documentary which will explore the lives of the runaway genocidaires from Rwanda and the lives of the living and the lifeless they left behind while they hideaway and lounge in luxury in various host countries around the world.

    Eric Kabera’s poignant and moving story of the killers among us reveals through interviews and archival visual images of the1994 genocide in Rwanda, the need to bring to book the masterminds of the genocide who are now scattered in the four corners of the worlds.
    Today’s Rwanda has survived its “100 Days” of genocide and guards its
    “Keepers of Memory,” but now must show the world community, “The
    Killers among Us: Rwanda’s Cry for Justice.”

    I am a Rwandan filmmaker, who produced the first feature film on the Rwandan genocide”100 Days” and “Keepers of Memory,” an award winning documentary film that pays tribute to the keepers of memorials, described by many as a deeply moving look at the 1994 Rwandan genocide, its survivors, and the memories created in the victims’ honor.

    On this new film project. Titled Killers Among “Cry for Justice,” I once again in a new light give voice to survivors of rape and widows of massacres who echo a deep feeling in Rwanda: Arrest the genocide leaders living free in America and Europe. Their organizing threatens us; their freedom haunts us. Send them home for trial before we face a renewed cycle of violence. This is the overall message sent by the victims to the world community.

    I traveled to the southern African nation of Zambia, once a refuge for top genocide criminals hiding from Rwanda. we retrace a police story of how death threats to HIV researchers in Zambia led to the first world war-crimes trials since the Nazis at Nuremberg and the First-ever conviction for the crime of genocide.

    As the world watched in 1994, Rwanda’s government, army, and police turned on its own people, first assassinating the liberal opposition and then directing the majority Hutus to slaughter their minority Tutsi neighbors. This systematic public-works project of genocide used Machettes and grenades, yet it outpaced the trains and gas chambers of
    The Nazi Holocaust. It killed half a million in the first month,
    Nearly a million before the government’s defeat by a rebel army, and Forced an evacuation of two million refugees.

    Now, the world looks away from Rwanda again. The United Nations plans to stop investigating genocide criminals this coming year and close its court
    next year.

    This film contrasts the cost of doing nothing with Zambia’s success–a story of African nations stopping violence, working together, and serving justice.

    I speak with Rwanda’s lead prosecutor, Martin Ngoga, who has humankind’s biggest criminal caseload, more than 100,000 men with bloody hands, yet he seeks 93 more who live abroad. Rwanda wants these men so badly, Ngoga says, Rwanda will set aside has abolished death penalty, but justice is needed by survivors- killers should not be let free and incite more killings!

    I try to express the scope of Rwanda’s tragedy by focusing on the experiences of the nurses and doctors of an HIV clinic, Project San
    Francisco, which lost half its staff of 70 in the 1994 genocide.

    “My whole family died,” Dr. Etienne Karita, director of Project San
    Francisco’s HIV clinic.
    “Everyone who told me their name was on the list died,” Dr. Susan

    Allen, PSF’s founder.
    “Everyone I knew in this country died,” Ruth Mukasahaha, a PSF nurse.
    “What happened in Rwanda is simply evil.”

    In “The Killers among Us: Rwanda’s Cry for Justice” I give a voice
    To survivors of rape and widows of massacres who echo a deep feeling: Arrest the genocide leaders living free in America and Europe. Their organizing threatens us; their freedom haunts us. Send them home for trial before we face a renewed cycle of violence.

    If Zambia can succeed like this, as I hears from human-rights activists, then so can European and American law officials.

    This film features the first-ever interview with Nick Hughes, the only journalist to catch the genocide live on tape.

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