KINYARWANDA premiered at The Sundance Festival, winning the prestigious Audience Award for World Cinema Drama. Written and directed by Alrick Brown, KINYARWANDA is the first film conceived within Rwanda and produced by Rwandans dealing with the 1994 genocide. It is through this authentic lens that Alrick Brown and the Rwandan producers have made a deeply personal and heartfelt story that interweaves six true tales into a single epic narrative. The results are an empowering and ennobling film that takes the audience on a very human, universal journey of love, hope, faith and forgiveness. For more on the film, please see www.kinyarwandamovie.com
KINYARWANDA will mark the second feature from AFFRM (African American Film Festival Releasing Movement), the theatrical distribution collective that promotes quality Black independent films with national theatrical engagements in select cities. KINYARWANDA opens on December 2 in seven cities across the USA, including Seattle, NY, LA, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Atlanta.
Buy tickets for the Seattle engagement at SIFF Uptown Cinema here: http://www.siff.net/cinema/detail.aspx?FID=242&id=44853
During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the Mufti of Rwanda, the most respected Muslim leader in the country, issued a fatwa forbidding Muslims from participating in the killing of the Tutsi. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. KINYARWANDA is based on true accounts from survivors who took refuge at the Grand Mosque of Kigali and the Imams who opened their doors to give refuge to the Tutsi and to those Hutu who refused to participate in the killing. Engaged in a story told from the perspective of six characters, we follow the young lovers, the child, the couple, the soldiers, the Imam, and the priest as they are swept up by the chaos of the world around them.
The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement is a distribution collective dedicated to the domestic theatrical release of quality black independent films and founded in 2011 by Ava DuVernay. The AFFRM Film Festival groups include Urbanworld Film Festival, Imagenation, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, ReelBlack Film Series and BronzeLens Film Festival. www.affrm.com