The Tribeca Film Festival ended last weekend. I didn’t get to see any films. (Late April, early May is a busy time where I teach). Anyway, a quick glance at the 2011 schedule shows only four films with African themes. Two “from South Africa,” one from Egypt (made by Americans and Europeans) and one by a Rwandese. It is the latter film, “Grey Matter,” by Kivu Ruhorahoza that I really want to see. Tribeca hyped it as “… the first feature-length narrative film directed by a Rwandan filmmaker living in his homeland,” though Australia also gets credit for the film. If you’re wondering if he sounds familiar, he used to go by Daddy Ruhorahoza. We’ve featured him here before. In the video above, Kivu talks about the film. Different sources say the film and Ruhorahosa as a director is the real deal. For example, right after seeing it, Alexis Okeowo tweeted that “Grey matter” was “… incredible, beautifully written, acted, and directed. best film i’ve seen this year.” Last week the film won two awards for the festival: Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film (for lead Ramadhan “Shami” Bizimana) and a Special Jury Mention for Ruhorahoza. The jury wrote of Ruhorahoza’s direction: “… For its audacious and experimental approach, this film speaks of recent horrors and genocide with great originality. We wanted to give a special commendation to this filmmaker for his courage and vision.” I promise to see it and report back.–Sean Jacobs.
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