Mobile Phone Filmmaking

Mobile Phone Filmmaking

One of the best things about film is that it can shape the way someone looks at Rwanda and the world. It can depict the violence of the Genocide Against the Tutsi or the grace of Intore dancers; it can share what we see and can reshape how we are seen. Kwetu Film Institute has worked to do just this over the past twenty years, and in doing so, has become a powerhouse in the Rwanda filmmaking industry.

We at the Kwetu Film Institute are excited to continue our relationship with colleagues from the University of Lincoln on this compelling project. Kwetu holds a partnership with the Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP) project which is also working to give a voice to young people through the medium of art and filmmaking. Kwetu has supported MAP through providing pieces of training on filmmaking, mobile filmmaking and the intricacies of camera usage. Kwetu has also documented all MAP activities which led to the development of a video documentary of MAP year one.

A Quarter Century

The film comes out this month (7th April). It is a short film and is in part a review of my previous work, but most importantly it is interwoven with some of the theatrical performances of top theater drama groups, namely Ishyo Arts Group and Mashirika theatre group and it includes performances of prominent actors and poets such as Ange Uwamahoro, Amata Giramata and others.

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