Rwanda: Take Two

Pia Sawhney

An intriguing portrait of two young, ambitious Rwandan film makers who are followed on their road to success. The tragic events from their past mean they want to fight for a hopeful future. The mixture of photography, video and film fragments also makes the film unusual in its form.

Rwanda is a country in transition. Only fifteen years ago, the people were embroiled in a horrific genocide. These days, people are primarily involved with reconstruction. Various media are used to posit the far-reaching events of recent history. It's no coincidence that that there has been an enormous growth in the Rwandan film industry. Alongside film makers primarily involved with films for a local audience, independent cinema is also finding a place in the new Rwanda.
In Rwanda: Take Two, the director and journalist Pia Sawhney follows two young directors. Yves Montand Niyongabo (see also Maibobo) is a young, ambitious film maker who works day and night realising his ideas. Edouard Bamporiki, a young poet, director and actor, doesn't wait for audiences to come to him, but brings his art to audiences in a way of his own. For several months, Sawhney followed the successes but also the disappointments of these two young artists. Although we clearly see a difference in approach, Niyongabo and Bamporiki also have a common aim: with their films, stories and poetry they want to contribute to a hopeful future for Rwanda.
Sawhney has made a committed, inspired and often moving film in which she uses an unusual mixture of video, photography, home video and film fragments.

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