Rwanda: Take Two

Pia Sawhney

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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