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 theatre drama groups, namely Ishyo Arts Group and Mashirika theater group and it includes performances of prominent actors and poets such as Ange Uwamahoro, Amata Giramata and others.
The presentation is a portrait of art, memory and commitment, drawn from the Rwandan leadership through the voice of President Kagame. We hear the wisdom on how to live and love again as we remember and commit to the peaceful coexistence that has been paved by his inspired leadership, despite insurmountable challenges that there appeared to be.
Some of the faces and voices reflected in the film are young men and women who were born after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Their reflection, memory and commitment for a better future gives the film Rwanda A Quarter Century a whole new dimension. As the film came to the end of its edit, the production team was greatly moved by its general impact and overall message.
We hope this 25 minute piece, our humble contribution to Kwibuka 25, will strike a right chord in keeping the memory alive. Sometimes I feel that over the last 20 years, voices of the departed speak and inspire me to continue producing films
From making 100 Days (which today marks its 20th anniversary) to Keepers of Memory, Through My Eyes and Iseta, these are the same voices that are transposed into this new documentary in a subtle and poetic way, and communicated by great artists. The film brings their voices to life, blending with images that we captured over 20 years in most of our films.
I acknowledge the help of our students at the Institute who are seen and heard in the film. I also want to thank our editor Jean Baptiste Habineza for his amazing work and dedication. He managed to bring this vision to life in such a short period of time.