by Kivu Ruhorahoza
Rwanda 2022 I Feature film I OmeU I 111 min
In the presence of co-producer Innocent Munyeshuri


Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza’s intimate drama tells three interwoven stories set in the East African country against the backdrop of genocide, but without naming it. A mother tries to cope with the loss of her only son, who died in an accident, and becomes estranged from her husband. A young woman cares for her bedridden father, a former military man she never really loved, yet prepares for an organ donation that could save his life. A young boy wanders the city with his father, a petty criminal with poor impulse control, who teaches him how to collect metal parts from cars or steal pets to sell on the street. Kivu Ruhorahoza’s third feature is on the one hand a bitter indictment of patriarchal power, and on the other a document of hope, carried by its strong female characters. Shot on a micro-budget of $50,000, the film premiered at this year’s Berlinale in the Encounters section and is already considered by many critics to be one of the best African films of the year.

KIVU RUHORAHOZA, born in Rwanda in 1982, works as a filmmaker, author and media artist. His cinematic and artistic works have been shown at film festivals such as Sundance, in Sydney and Venice, and in museums such as the Tate Modern and MoMA. His texts are published by Éditions Magellan in Paris and appear in the magazine “Chimurenga”.