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A Quarter Century

Year: 2019, 25 mins
Code: RFI-Quarter

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A Quarter A century is a tribute to the efforts and forms of remembrances used in keeping the memory of the Genocide against the Tutsi alive. Through the voice of peace from President Paul Kagame to personal testimonies, and reflections from acclaimed Artists, personalities and activists, here is a poetry and portrayal of the unimaginable pain that claimed over a million lives during the 1994 Genocide against The Tutsi.

“With special visual reviews from Keepers of Memory Through My Eyes, Iseta, Intore and Love letter to my Country.”

Featuring: President Paul Kagame, Benjamin Netanyahu, Isaie Washington, Rene & Assoumpta and Kwetu film Institute / the Inema Class

Director’s Commentary:
The film came out this year on April 7th, It is a short film of 25 minutes commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Genocide committed against the Tutsi, 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 theatre 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 Paul 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 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 geared to the youth in Rwanda and around the world.

Eric Kabera, founder of the Kwetu Film Institute and Hillywood with the Film Festival in Rwanda, has an impressive filmography that includes Africa United, an award-winning feature film about three youngsters from Rwanda who embark on an epic journey to the World Cup; Keepers of Memory, a documentary commemorating the 10th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda; Through my Eyes, a documentary film about Rwandan youth reflecting on their past, present and future perspectives; and 100 Days, a riveting film recounting the legacy of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda .

Kabera has been recognized by the Director’s Guild of America, and is the 2012 recipient of the Pan African Film Festival’s prestigious African Creative Visionary Award.


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