Rwanda Cinema Centre

Empowering the youth through film

About September 17, 2008

RCC is founded by Eric Kabera. Rwanda Cinema Centre from time of inception has founded two important operations directed to improving film and new media in Rwanda. This is the Rwanda international film festival that has initiated the For youth by youth program, Film for change outreach project and now gradually developing the Rwanda cinema Centre skills training unit which has trained more than one hundred students from its inception. Yearly through the youth for youth program and workshops we deliver twenty students into the market, another brain child from the Founder, Eric Kabera in learning by doing.

These developments strive at building the filmmaking and new media ground and also provide important outlets for students seeking to gain experience in filmmaking. Since these humble beginnings, the Rwanda Cinema Centre has grown in size and stature over the last 10 years to become one of the upcoming and leading filmmaking centre in east and Central Africa and especially the Great lakes region. Currently, the Centre is the creative point for the youth, technical and administrative staff that currently benefit from the collaboration workshops and filmmaking initiatives.

The Centre is staged to offer both certificates and Diplomas and in future affiliated degrees. Our vision for our program utilizes our institution mission statement as a foundation, while augmenting the overall strategic initiatives related to the planned institute Academic Plan. The Centre is poised for further growth and transition as we move forward over the next five years with a number of exciting initiatives and opportunities.

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  1. Eric Says:

    RWANDA CINEMA CENTRE
    Presents
    The 5th Rwanda Film Festival
    ”Hillywood”
    “The best time to be in Rwanda: Hillywood”

    Welcome…
    Once again it is a great honor for us at Rwanda Cinema Centre to see you participate and support the Rwanda Film festival.
    For this 5th edition of the Rwanda Film Festival, we will share with you our stories and many stories from across the globe on audiovisual.
    The Film festival will mark the brilliant work of our Rwandan youth who work round the clock to make films that not only create a positive platform of enlightment and infotainment but also one that contributes to capacity building, socio-cultural and economic development of Rwanda.

    About Rwanda Cinema Centre (RCC):
    RCC is founded by Eric Kabera. Rwanda Cinema Centre from time of inception has founded two important operations directed to improving film and new media in Rwanda. This is the Rwanda international film festival that has initiated the For youth by youth program, Film for change outreach project and now gradually developing the Rwanda cinema Centre skills training unit which has trained more than one hundred students from its inception. Yearly through the youth for youth program and workshops we deliver twenty students into the market, another brain child from the Founder, Eric Kabera in learning by doing.

    These developments strive at building the filmmaking and new media ground and also provide important outlets for students seeking to gain experience in filmmaking. Since these humble beginnings, the Rwanda Cinema Centre has grown in size and stature over the last 10 years to become one of the upcoming and leading filmmaking centre in east and Central Africa and especially the Great lakes region. Currently, the Centre is the creative point for the youth, technical and administrative staff that currently benefit from the collaboration workshops and filmmaking initiatives.

    The Centre is staged to offer both certificates and Diplomas and in future affiliated degrees. Our vision for our program utilizes our institution mission statement as a foundation, while augmenting the overall strategic initiatives related to the planned institute Academic Plan. The Centre is poised for further growth and transition as we move forward over the next five years with a number of exciting initiatives and opportunities.

    1. Rwanda Cinema Centre reaching out the world
    Recently the Rwanda cinema Centre attended the famous Tribeca Film festival. Rwanda became the 3rd country to be chosen by this prestigious film festival as a cultural partner, after South Africa and the City of Rome.
    A historical event this was: Attended by His Excellency President Paul Kagame and the 42nd President of the United States of America, President Bill Clinton along with many other dignitaries.
    In this regard the Rwanda cinema centre was given the goodwill and support to present “The Three Voices” from Rwanda and the opportunity to showcase their films and enlighten the world on the New and future of Rwanda. The occasion brought together business leaders, dignitaries, diverse artists and Filmmakers from around the world to celebrate Rwandan Art.”
    In this we bring forward Rwanda Cinema Center to promote and show case Rwanda in pictures.
    We are inviting the world filmmakers and related artists to the 5th edition of the annual Rwanda Film festival taking place from the 16th to 30th of March 2009.
    Also expected is ground laying for Rwanda’s first film award that recognizes filmmakers and their exemplary achievements.
    The Center is making tremendous efforts and steps towards this event by developing some very unique film making programs.
    Since its establishment in 2003, it continues to expand some of its successful activities taking root as recognizable achievements with increasing Involvement of the youth. The Centre remains a proving window of opportunity for the willing youth in Rwanda with future focus on other related areas of film and multi-media in pre-production, production and post –production elements.
    With the support of our partners and board of advisors such as Monica Rosenthal and Jon Turteltaub back in Los Angeles the Rwanda Cinema Centre has embarked on a bold move and is building the first independent theatre in Rwanda.
    The forthcoming Rwanda Filmfestival will take place country wide.
    A unique version of this activity to watch is the Hillywood which makes the event a cinema tour traversing all corners of Rwanda’s beautiful hills while reaching a wider part of the community with infotainment package.
    Hillywood is the unique aspect of this event compared to any other film event across the globe. From the themes, “World Exposure” and” Sharing Stories”, with this we invite you to the Cross Roads of an unforgettable journey that would take you into the ‘’Hillywood Land’’.
    Come and meet with the people and discover the new Rwanda and the new Talents whose work we are showcasing. Hillywood may be the one of your lifetime experience. Imagine watching the films on a giant Inflatable screen along side a jubilating crowd ranging between 5 thousand and ten thousand in an open area under the Glowing stars of Rwanda?
    “The Rwanda Filmfestival “Cross roads” as the driving theme in the 4thannual Rwanda Film festival 2008.
    Rwanda Cinema Centre is to take Rwanda film industry to another height. More foreign producers are looking at this institution as a partner to realize their vision in making films and getting stories told through the eyes of the Rwandan. The good example is the story of Nyange./short film
    The Rwanda Cinema Centre organization will present over 45 films from around the world including Rwandan made films by Rwandans in the local language of Kinyarwanda .Prior to the annual event that attracts renowned filmmakers and participants from local and international scenes, it will be
    Quite interesting to follow some of the Centres activities as the festival season approaches .The Youth and other filmmakers are currently developing films and coming up with very interesting stories and dimensions of making them. Some are made with no budget at all and it’s quite amazing on the resilience put to achieve most of this good work to date. A positive show of the growing interest in this industry which if well nurtured can supplement in the Cultural, Social and economic turnaround especially as an alternative industry growth and job creation sector.
    Some of these remarkable films are being developed with artistic, picturistic and creativity that will encourage those who dream of making their own films one day soon .And if you are the interested youth then take opportunity and submit your story idea or script for the November and December in the 3rd Fy2 (For Youth by Youth) filmmaking workshop with the Swedish institute.
    Forthcoming Film festival will also exhibit some of the Rwandan youth films made on international co-production agreement basis and also those with local and international organization involvement to accomplish these growing loves for films. With these the organization calls upon bold partnership from more Rwandan organizations and companies to join the vision with Rwanda Cinema Centre and foster the development of Film sector whilst reaping the immense opportunities within the sector.
    Lately the Rwanda Cinema Centre is participating in the making of a South African produced Reality TV program which will run in the cause of this year 2007 as we update you on the progress and upcoming events.
    Our recent films:
    Scars of my Days, Graduation day , A Love Letter to my country,Hey Mr Dj ,Behind these Walls, Keepers of Memory ,Through My Eyes ,Nyange ,Igari rya Alphonse,Agacupa,
    100 Days,Le jeune Artiste Rwandais ,C’est a nous de le faire,les mere de Coeur, About love.
    Projects:
    • Comedy
    The trauma level in Rwanda and related post genocide effects are still quite high and frequent. Inside our Rwandese homes you will come to understand more about trauma.
    It is quite visible, each home has its tale, one never knows the turnaround of this ill health, We try so hard to keep it off by supplying doses of usual medicine and lately some have dubbed it “homegrown mobile pharmacies”, and maybe if we followed the laughter is the best medicine line we can supply different doses of comedy films to create some well being, fun and normalcy in Rwanda.

    • Sitcoms
    The Rwanda cinema centre Series program is well thought of and will be developed effectively. The Centre has partners in the same field of series interest.
    “Every body loves Raymond” series is an acclaimed Sitcom and we are in partnership with the makers who will also support the excellent standards we uphold and always look forward to enhancing even further.

    The Rwanda Cinema Centre continues to develop various local skills in the art of filmmaking for different genres. During the years the centre had the opportunity to be supported in Various Training programs, most recently is a script writing and continuation program and Comedy program sponsored by American Embassy and Mentored by Edward Greenberg, a well renowned improvision actor.
    • Film Theatre
    At RCC we view film as a medium for artistic expression and exchange of ideas. Yet there is no cinema hall in Kigali our capital city! A good reason why your donation will help build the Rwanda’s first independent movie theatre.That will be a big contribution to this effort.
    • FY2
    RCC has been conducting a program For youth by youth for the second year now.
    The motivation for this program is to train young Rwandans in Filmmaking and also showcase their films at the annual Rwanda Film festival organized and hosted by RCC.The first year we succeeded to produce seven short documentaries on various issues (Enviroment,HIV/Aids and the socio-economic impact)
    The second year was conducted in collaboration with the Swedish Institute.
    From this program the Goteborg Film fund donated equipments to RCC to spearhead the training process of our young men and women in pursuing their career in filmmaking.
    The Rwanda Cinema Centre has empowered a few production companies that emerged out of this need to have a local voice.
    • Training Centre
    The planned RFI (Rwanda Film Institute) is committed to providing exceptional programs for students interested in the dynamic fields of, film, video and new media.
    As such, a great deal of the plan is geared around enhancing and improving the RFI educational mission through the acquisition of new equipment and technology, additional program lines and scholarships.

    Further, the Institute intends to pursue a number of interdisciplinary activities, including the launch of a new joint extension program with its partners.
    Additionally, the Department will take advantage of existing and new relationships with the professional collaboration to develop partnerships and alliances, and work on increasing opportunities for international/global activities through existing courses, collaborative research, and student and Institute exchange programs.

    The RFI Strategic Plan is built on a series of measurable, quantifiable steps to guide progress and development over the next five years as we pursue these initiatives both within the Centre, Institute and with prospective partners.

    We are communicating change and change is as good as a good rest:
    Films for change
    This will only grow stronger from the bold partnerships between the community, Government, Non-Governmental and private sector.

    We already have the growing and strong partnership from the Government through the vision of His Excellency President Paul Kagame and the ever concerned and supportive Ministry of Sports and Culture. We dearly appreciate this unwavering support.

    APPLY AND SUBMIT YOUR FILM STORY IDEAS AND SCRIPTS FOR 5th Edition 2008 Rwanda Filmfestival
    The training will be provided by Rwanda Cinema Center and Swedish Institute Deadline by 30th of September
    We are proud of your support and partnership in building this vision.
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    WE BRING A TRUE CINEMA EXPERIENCE TO THE COMMUNITY IN THE HILLS

  2. Nicolai Spieß Says:

    Dear Mr. Kabera.

    My name is Nicolai Spieß and I’m from Germany . I’m 20 years old and study music-science, philosophy and social anthropology in Mainz . Last semester I visited a course about Ruanda . Mrs. Dr. Anna-Maria Brandstetter was our teacher and I choose the issue about the film culture in Ruanda . I had to prepare a short presentation and paper. I searched the internet for information and it was very interesting. Because I’m very interested in film too, I wanted to ask you, how the work is and if it would be possible, if I write you some question I have about your work. Actually my work for the university is finished, so I do it voluntarily because I think your work is very important and it is on a great way. I think it is really sad, that there is no longer interview with you in the internet. I hope I didn’t miss it, if its there. J
    If you agree, I would send you some question and then you can answer them when you have time for it.

    I am a big fan of your work. Keep on doing it.

    Sincerely yours,

    Nicolai Spieß

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    Rheinallee 44
    55118 Mainz
    Tel: 06131 – 88 66 175
    Mobil: 0176 – 22 72 41 08
    email: nicolai.spiess@gmx.de

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    RWANDAN CHILDREN MAKE GORILLASODES
    Category: Gorillas | Date: Jul 01 2008 | By: admin

    ”Looking for Miza” looks like it’s going to be a major success. One of the best things we did during this trip to Rwanda was to get the two boys who created the Hipposodes to work with Rwandan children to create two new animations called “gorillasodes” at the Rwanda Cinema Center in Kigali.

    We worked with Eric Kabera – the producer of the genocide film “100 days” and inventor of Hillywood – Rwanda’s version of Hollywood.

    Caleb was the youngest – only 8!

    Planning narratives http://baraza.wildlifedirect.org/files/2008/06/studio1.jpgand music

    Going a bit crazy

    Joe Summerhays taught the kids to use Istop motion to make the animation – which was quite laborious!

    The partially finished product was absolutely amazing. The 2 day workshop attracted about 10 kids and 5 government ministers!

    I hope that these pictures reveal the concentration, broken by some intense playfulness.

    By the end of the 2 days the two American boys were pretty strongly bonded with their Rwandan counterparts.

    Thanks to everyone, Craig, Bill, Joe, Eric Kabera, all the kids, Beth and Jennifer who sorted out no end of logistics, and Jocelyn, a Rwandan cinematographer who captured everything as it happened – I can’t wait to see the Making Gorillasodes”.

    Look out for the Gorillasodes on You tube in a few weeks time, and at the Tribeca Film Festival next spring!

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  7. sinayobye salim ramadhan Says:

    i have been waiting for this occasion since 2006 when i finished secondary school, i want to be a film maker, actor ,producer ,writer whatever relates to film coz it is my wich i wish could be guaranteed so realy want to know your adress i mean your headquater, is it possible to find mr eric face to face coz i really want to talk to him , i am looking forward to getting your reaction about my comments

    • Hi Salim, good to know that you are passionate about film. I really believe that film is one of the greatest way to communicate. I hope you manage to realize your wishes.
      I worked for Eric Kabera as an intern a while back and i gained a wealth of knowledge about film. I think that’s is the best way you can get a head start. Also you should attend the Rwanda Film Festival (going on at the moment) and i’m sure you’ll meet people and watch films that will make a difference in your journey into film. check out : http://www.rwandafilmfestival.org
      for more information (contact details included). the best of luck, never give up your dreams no matter how hard the situation is…its better to live a life of passion.

  8. ANN M Says:

    Hello,

    i would like to congratulate you over the journey traded so far,i am aware that there is still so much to be done but so far so good.

    Great thanks to all it may concern,i will be pleased to take part when the right time comes.

    Yours sincerely,
    Ann.M.

  9. Eric Kabera Says:

    Image and Memory

    An Interview with Eric Kabera

    Piotr A. Cieplak
    University of Cambridge, pac55@cam.ac.uk

    Eric Kabera is a Rwandan documentary and fiction filmmaker and producer. He collaborated on one of the first fictionalised films about the genocide, 100 Days (dir. Nick Hughes), and has participated in a variety of projects related to the process of memorialisation and commemoration of the events of 1994 and their aftermath. Kabera is also the founder of the Rwanda Cinema Centre and the Rwanda Film Festival, which aim to bring the moving image to the country’s rural populations. This interview focuses on Kabera’s documentary film The Keepers of Memory: Survivors’ Accounts of the Rwandan Genocide (2005), which traces the individual trajectories of those affected by the genocide and gives them a platform to voice their experience. Special attention is paid to the relationship with physical surrounding, to image and to the internal and external experience of trauma and memory in their collective and individual forms. The theoretical assertions about memory recording are juxtaposed with pragmatic issues encountered by a filmmaker as practitioner. The interview was conducted on 30 March 2008 in Kigali, Rwanda.

    Key Words: documentary • genocide • image • Kabera • memory • Rwanda

    French Cultural Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, 199-208 (2009)
    DOI: 10.1177/0957155809102636

  10. Eric Kabera Says:

    Cieplak

    Piotr A. Cieplak is a PhD Candidate in the French Department, University of Cambridge. He researches filmic and photographic representations of the 1994 Rwandan genocide and its aftermath. He is interested in and has written about cultural memory, photography, the relationship between image and memory, Rwandan and East African cinema and representations of Africa, especially African conflict and suffering, in the West.

    12-28 June 2009

    This year saw the fifth Rwanda Film Festival, “Hillywood”, take place across the country. Between 12th and 28th of June, local and international films were shown on remote hillsides as well as at elegant venues in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. The choice of movies and the Festival’s unique format made for an extremely interesting event.

    It has been 15 years since the Rwandan genocide claimed more than 800,000 lives. The memory of the 100 days of pre-planned slaughter, the last recorded genocide of the 20th century, is still very much alive in this small central African country. It influences all aspects of life, including cinema.

    Local film directors agree that the culture of filmmaking in modern Rwanda took off after the genocide. Foreign TV crews, filmmakers and journalists started arriving in unprecedented numbers. And even though on many occasions they got their stories wrong and ended up with little more than a collection of stereotypes, they left two important things behind: a nucleus of people trained and interested in film production, and an awareness that if Rwandans did not tell their stories, then someone else would.

    Eric Kabera, the creator and CEO of Hillywood, was one of the first people to make use of this knowledge. Having worked with a number of international news agencies, he decided to produce a Rwandan film about the genocide. The immediate result of this decision was the critically acclaimed 100 Days (dir. Nick Hughes, 2001) and a more long-term outcome, the Rwanda Cinema Centre (RCC).

    The Centre is the driving force behind the Festival, but it is much more than this. In collaboration with the Swedish Institute and other organisations, it trains young Rwandan directors, editors and technicians in all fields of filmmaking. On top of this, it offers equipment for hire to foreign productions coming to Rwanda from all around the world. However, the Festival is one of its main projects.

    Hillywood is growing strong in its fifth year. The slightly amazed Kabera says that “it has become much bigger than expected.” The event has definitely made a mark on the East African film festival circuit and somehow written Rwanda into the attempt to promote and develop the idea of a regional film industry in this part of the continent.

    The international dimension aside, the festival’s most compelling component still remains its tour around Rwanda’s countryside; the Hillywood proper. It starts a week before the Kigali celebrations kick off and takes films to places where cinema culture is almost non-existent. A team of volunteers and RCC members travels with a 25 feet high inflatable screen and shows films, free of charge, in stadiums, marketplaces and bus stations.

    A lot of the people in the audience have had very little exposure to the moving image in their everyday life. The excitement and expectation are almost electric. As the sun goes down behind Rwandan hills and the projection starts, crowds of more than 2,000 people (most of them standing or sitting on the ground) fall completely silent.

    Pierre Kayitana, the festival director, says that “the feedback from Hillywood has been really great.” It seems, in comparison to last year, that there has been a conscious programming decision not to include any films explicitly related to the genocide in the rural schedule and, instead, to focus on educational movies and comedies. Kabera comments on this decision: “The memory will always be present, but we need to move on.”

    As usual, the program included films in Kinyarwanda (the local language) directed by the RCC’s students and associates. This year’s selection tackled a variety of subjects, from the production of illegal banana wine to deceitful love affairs, and was warmly received.

    Among the films produced at the RCC, Ayuub Kasasa Mago’s Fora deserves a special mention. It is a short and uncomplicated story about sibling rivalry and subtle family dynamics. Brilliantly shot and edited, it proves that simplicity is often the most effective device in constructing short narratives. Fora’s merit was also recognised by the Festival jury who awarded it the Best East African Short Film prize.

    The rest of the rural program was dominated by rather prescriptive (verging on propagandistic) films sponsored by the charity PSI (People’s Services International). They were a part of a countrywide campaign aiming to raise awareness about the perils of premarital sex (almost completely ignoring contraception) and the risk of contracting HIV. Special emphasis was placed on the temptation and corruption of young men and women by the so-called “shuga dadis” and “shuga mamis”. Despite these films’ many faults, shortcomings and mixed messages, they went down rather well with the rural audience.

    However, the real hit of this year’s touring festival was Charlie Chaplin. The programmers included extracts from Modern Times and The Kid, and both had the audience rolling on the floor in spasms of laughter. The enjoyment was aided by a radio DJ Cyril Ndegeya, who narrated the images and translated the intertitles in Kinyarwanda, creating a peculiar and hilarious freestyle polemic with the silent images. There was, indeed, something magical about watching Chaplin wave his little walking-stick on a huge inflatable screen on a moonlit Rwandan hill.

    The Kigali part of Hillywood emphasised the international aspects of the event, opening with War Child (dir. Karim Chrobog) at the prestigious Serena Hotel.

    It is an elegant documentary about Emmanuel Jal, a London-based Sudanese hip-hop artist. Jal spent part of his early childhood in a displaced people’s camp in Ethiopia before becoming a child soldier with the SPLA (Sudanese People’s Liberation Army). As he puts it in his lyrics: “Left home at the age of seven/one year later I’m carrying an AK-47.” He was later smuggled into Nairobi where, after scraping a life in the slums, his international music career eventually began.

    War Child tells the story of Jal’s childhood, career and his efforts to raise awareness about the ongoing crisis in Darfur with his music. It is a clever, skilful and touching film, intelligently interweaving lyrics and concert footage with Jal’s journey back to his homeland. The difficult topic of the Southern Sudan’s history and child soldiers escapes most clichés about the plight of African children. The pace is fantastic and somehow resonant of the rhythm of Jal’s music.

    The rural screenings and the Kigali part of Hillywood differed so much that it almost felt like two separate festivals. The three main venues in the capital were upmarket cafes and restaurants with the audience dominated by expatriates, NGO workers and a few middle-class Rwandans. The fourth spot, Kigali’s lively working-class district of Nyamirambo, had a different feel. But the attendance was not impressive.

    This is one of the biggest problems the Rwandan film industry faces: the absence of a paying audience. The reasons for this are manifold, ranging from lack of disposable (and on many occasions, any) income and the fact that paid-for entertainment is still a relatively new concept. Kabera says: “in Kigali, we are still building a cinema culture. It’s a part of a long-term plan.”

    Defending the move to charge a nominal fee for screenings, Kayitana claims that “when something is for free, people tend to think that is has no value. It’s a slow process of building an industry based on a ticket-buying audience.”

    There are valid arguments on both sides, though it is worth noting that in previous years, when the festival did not charge any fees, the numbers were not significantly better.

    This year’s programming was definitely heavy on the documentary side (as is often the case with many African film festivals). However, the choices made were frequently excellent. Iseta/Roadblock (dir. Juan Reina) was especially memorable. It follows Nick Hughes, a British cameraman famous for capturing the only existing footage of actual killings during the 1994 genocide from a rooftop of a Kigali school. Hughes comes back to Rwanda to trace the killers and families of the victims, using his images as a guide in his search.

    What initially seems like just another story of a Westerner recounting his experience of the tragedy evolves into an eerily raw and haunting film. It is different from many other documentaries about the issue in that it establishes the fact that there is nothing positive about genocide (meaning stories of heroism and compassion), before addressing issues of reconciliation. There is a thoughtful bitterness about this film, which makes it a must-see for anyone interested in the subject.

    Other documentaries featured at the Festival especially worth mentioning are: In My Genes (dir. Lupita Nyong’o) about people living with albinism in Kenya, Icyizere: Hope (dir. Patrick Mureithi) documenting a genocide survivors and perpetrators’ workshop in Northern Rwanda, and Iron Ladies of Liberia (dir. Daniel Junge), following Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female president, during her first year in office.

    Although slightly under-represented, fiction had a strong footing in this year’s Hillywood with the fast-moving Jerusalema (dir. Ralph Ziman) leading the way – a rather typical story about a good gangster, Lucky Kunene, who takes on the neglectful proprietors of Johannesburg’s cheap housing and creates a semi-legal business empire. Even though the film is slightly predictable, this does not detract from its enjoyable, easy style and touching (but not corny) story. Though a few less shots of sped-up clouds moving in the sky would be a great improvement.

    Another worthy fiction film, awarded an honourable mention from the Festival jury, was a Rwandan production. Long Coat (dir. Edourad Bamporiki) is the tale of a genocide survivor and the son of a killer, and the problems and pressures they face in the attempt to put the past behind them. The narrative is simple, but cleverly constructed around an old coat and its mysterious, ominous presence. Although the film sometimes lacks in technical skill, it provides a new and interesting take on a subject that has been notoriously wrought with stereotype and oversimplification.

    The main fiction award for the Best East African Feature went to the Kenyan Otto: Bloodbath (dir. Egregious Jitu). A controversial decision to say the least. It can be assumed that the director’s first name, meaning “conspicuously bad”, provides a humorous yet accurate indication of the type of movie Otto is designed to be. It is a genre piece with “cheap gore” or “no-budget slasher” written all over it, a story of a wronged father coming back to life (in a manner of speaking) and murdering his family via the medium of his mute son/worshipper. Other characters are mostly irrelevant, their existence in the film limited to their being killed off one by one (sometimes in pairs) in a variety of imaginative ways. Needless to say, badly-mixed fake blood flows in rivers.

    Having said this, Otto does have moments of visual brilliance and some atmospheric climaxes. However, it is more interesting as a concept than as a film. It falls into the project of similar cheap Kenyan movies, produced in a week or less on a shoestring budget, which aims to mimic or adapt Nigeria’s “Nollywood” to East African reality.

    It is possible to imagine Otto developing some kind of niche cult following similar to films such as I Spit On Your Grave. But first it needs to be re-cut, as the Kenyan Censorship Board deemed it inappropriate for distribution.

    The fifth Hillywood had enough diverse films and experiences on offer to surpass many older and more established festivals. More importantly, it made it quite clear that the Festival is really an integral and essential part of the Rwandan film world. Kabera and his team seem to be doing a fantastic job of working out the direction in which this young industry might go.

    Local filmmakers already know that they need to tell their own stories. Now they have to go further. What started with the tragedy of the genocide has to adapt to the post-conflict reality. And even though most of the stories in development still refer to the systematic massacres of 1994, they do so in different and unusual ways, offering multiple perspectives on the same event. Two very promising directors, Daddy Ruhorahoza and Ayuub Kasasa Mago, are currently developing their first feature-length films, which promise to explore some new and exciting territory and will definitely be something to look out for in the future.

    Rwanda Film Festival website: http://www.rwandafilmfestival.org

  11. sinayobye salim ramadhan Says:

    hi guys i tried to join you but it still impossible plz i have a lot of things i want to ask may be you can give me your headquater adress mine is 0788642861 khi student kigali

  12. Eric Kabera Says:

    summer 2008

    Four top Hollywood film producers flew into the country on Thursday to explore the Rwandan cinema industry and to train students in movie making.

    They were hosted on Thursday by the founder of the Rwanda Cinema Centre, Eric Kabera, at the site of the Rwanda Cinema Centre movie theatre under construction in Gacuriro.

    “This is a very great opportunity for students at Rwanda Cinema Centre to get a chance of being trained by these qualified producers in film making, and I am sure they are going to benefit a lot from the experience,” Kabera said.

    During the reception, people were treated to a sit-in cocktail and were shown a number of movies done by the producers and those that were done here in Rwanda by Eric Kabera.

    Producer Jon Turteltaub who directed and produced films like; Instinct, Jericho, Cool Running, The kid, Jay Kogen, and who is one of the original creators of ‘The Simpsons’ which he wrote and produced for four years, said that Kabera is doing something very good for the students.

    “It is a precious thing that these students are getting from the Rwandan Cinema Centre and from the training they have got, I would not be surprised to see great producers from this institution,” Turtletaub said.

    The other three producers were: Craig Shapiro who happens to be hot in the world of family movies like The Olsen Twins, and has recently released Dr. Doolittle 4 with his wife plus writing several screenplays.

  13. Eric Kabera Says:

    Africa United – a dramatic feature film to be released in cinemas sept- oct 2010 – the fictional story of three Rwandan kids who end up walking to the South African 2010 World Cup – a funny, quirky, gorgeous, tragic road-movie love-letter to African kids and the beautiful game.

    The Backstory
    Christmas 2008, Rwandan film-makers Eric Kabera (Rwanda Film Festival and Cinema Centre founder) and Ayuub Kasasa Mago (co-writer on ‘We Are All Rwandans’) contacted producers Mark Blaney and Jackie Sheppard of Footprint Films in the UK, and director Debs Gardner-Paterson with an idea and a treatment of the now known film project africa united. Those guys quickly shared it with Rhidian Brook, a screenwriter they were collaborating with on other projects (and who had previously spent a year with his family in Africa writing about the AIDS pandemic), and everyone had pretty much the same response – this is awesome and we need to get involved.

    This idea – a dramatic feature film about a bunch of Rwandan kids who make their way 3000 miles south to the 2010 World Cup football tournament in South Africa – is just magic to us. Although it’s fictional, it’s very believable, and as much comedy and adventure as drama and tragedy. We feel it’s an unbelievable opportunity to tell a totally different kind of African story with the backdrop of arguably the biggest world media event ever to be held on the sub-continent. This isn’t politics, war, tourism or safaris: the protagonists aren’t blood-thirsty thugs, pharmaceutical bandits or burnt-out aid-workers. This is an African kids’ guide to their continent, the issues that are facing them, and the challenges and huge amount of hope there is for their generation. It’s all very exciting, and possible and powerful.

  14. Eric Kabera Says:

    RCC at Tribeca- A piece from the New Times paper.

    Kigali — The Tribeca Film Festival, in New York City is one of the world’s biggest film entities and Rwanda’s very own Pierre Lalumiere Kayitana, is representing the Rwanda Film Festival.

    Twenty three years old, Kayitana is working in the Youth Section of the Tribeca Film Institute. Together with a team of professionals in film and Media, he organises the youth screenings and programmes of the festival.

    Under the mentorship of Tribeca’s very best like Brian Newman-CEO, Ellen Newman- Deputy Director, and co-founders and producers like Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and Robert DeNiro, Kayitana is on a sure path to success.

    Two years ago in 2007, Kayitana for the first time was honoured to be part of the Rwandan team that participated at this film festival.

    Kayitana along with Gilbert Ndahayo a Hollywood filmmaker and Thierry Dushimirimana, a professional photographer all participated in the Film Fellows program-‘Three Voices’, a program that focused on Rwanda’s filmmakers.

    Things got better for this team of young filmmakers when on the evening of the festivals’ ‘Rwanda Day’, President Paul Kagame presented a speech with a message of how Rwanda is healing itself through artistic expression, the good will of its people and the help of their government.

    Along with other world leaders and film gurus like Bill Clinton and co-founder of Tribeca, Jane Rosenthal, the similarities between the Tribeca Film Festival and Rwanda film industry founded by Eric Kabera were emphasised.

    The two were founded after tragedies where for Tribeca, it was the ‘September 11’ bombings of the World Trade Center while for Rwanda film industry it was the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.

    According to Kayitana, “The experience acquired from this tour, gave me the moral support and boost to aim even higher as I continue to better myself but also pass on the knowledge of film to my fellow Rwandans.”

    Born in March 1986 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, (then Zaire), Kayitana was raised in a family of ‘technical minds’.

    Growing up in a family that exposed him to the possibilities of ICT and business, he pursued his studies at Lycee de Kigali before joining Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.

    In late 2005, Kayitana was one of the pioneers of the first Rwanda Cinema training centre. Here, they were trained on documentary filmmaking.

    After this, his first film, ‘Behind these walls’ -a short story about Rwanda’s educational system, its progress and challenges was made.

    Since then his strong passion for filmmaking developed and soared him to great heights. Working with both local and international filmmakers, doors opened that ushered him into the big world of film.

    In the summer of 2006, he was part of the crew that produced the film, “Shake Hands with the Devil”, whose popularity is attributed to Romeo Dellaire’s testimony about the horrific reality of the 1994 Genocide.

    As they say, “The rest was history”, opportunities like these generated more work for Kayitana as a production manager and coordinator of film projects.

    As he grew in film, his expertise enabled him to work for international channels such as CNN, Aljazeera English, PBS, and Alicia Key’s organisation, ‘Keep A Child Alive.’

    Eventually he learnt the ‘ins and outs’ of film business and management. Consequently in 2008, he coordinated ‘Pangea Day’- a global celebration of films and humanity event. Kigali was one of the five cities selected around the world to host ‘Pangea Day.’

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    Today, Kayitana is the Director of Rwanda Cinema Centre Film Festival. Together with his team, he is responsible for organising the country’s Film Festival. Slated for June 2009, the festival will be a major event.

    “It is becoming increasingly common for businesses to incorporate multimedia elements into their operations,” he said, ” and with such growth, there is an exciting range of opportunities available.”

    Through this, he wants to bring an innovative approach to the local ICT and film industry, by blending the best of art and technology as a way of maximizing all available possibilities.

    All this he says has to be done while also thinking of the new changes in the global market. Through utilizing the conducive filmmaking environment in Rwanda which offers zero tolerance to corruption, is ICT service oriented, has good governance and natural beautiful landscape, better films can be made that can compete in the global market.

  15. Eric Kabera Says:

    Review: Rwanda Film Festival by the New Times.

    Kigali — The 5th Rwanda Film Festival was successfully concluded on June 28, after 16 days of screening.

    This year’s festival was under the theme: “Red Carpet”.

    International film star and human rights activist Danny Glover was the guest of honour at the ceremony that attracted hundreds of film lovers, both local and foreign.

    The event was also attended by dignitaries, including the US Ambassador to Rwanda Stuart Symington, Belgium Ambassador to Rwanda and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Sports and Culture Jean Pierre Karabaranga.

    The venue was the Prime Holding Gardens, where hundreds gathered to catch-up with the last film of the festival, but most importantly to rub shoulders with Glover.

    The air was charged with excitement and the road to Prime Holdings was busy all evening, as multitudes flocked to attend to the closing night of the festival.

    The CEO of Rwanda Cinema Centre (RCC), Eric Kabera said that what made the festival a success was young Rwandan filmmakers using their talents to effectively tell their stories.

    When everyone wasseated attentively, Kabera stepped forward and announced the presence of Hollywood’s famous actor, describing him as a friend to Rwanda Cinema Centre and Rwanda.

    Glover who is deeply committed to numerous community projects in the United States, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, said that, “as artists, we don’t act within a singular framework.

    We act within a number of dynamic historical and political manifestations that allow us to create the work that is necessary to create”.

    “When Kabera approached me, I was busy working on my new film. But I later rang him to confirm whether he really wanted me to attend. He said yes we want you to attend,” Glover said.

    He praised RCC, saying that it’s a necessary and primary step toward providing support for the present battle of ideas, the battle -he said- for us to acknowledge that our own imagination is in the forefront of what we do.

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    Well known for his many roles in Academy Award-winning movies, Glover told the audience that he was asked to come to Rwanda shortly after the 1994 Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsi, but failed to make it because of his busy scheduled.

    “But I’m glad I made it. I’m now asking you a moment of silence to remember a million of people who died in the tragedy,” said Glover.

    Kabera thanked Glover for his praise and support of RCC and for being a big support tothe growing film industry.

    Ambassador Stuart Symington also congratulated Rwanda Cinema Centre and thanked Glover for honouring the invitation.

    Karabaranga, who represented the Minister of Culture and Sports Joseph Habineza, pledged the Ministry’s support to the development of RCC.


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