Napa Valley Film Festival – Sony Lounge Screening
 
“Finding Hillywood was a delight to see on so many levels – the ethnocentric musical score, the animated graphics, the film editing, and of course, the cast of characters assembled to tell such an important story.  The film exposed genocide not so much as a gruesome political reality, but rather as a catalyst for hope and healing.  You took a serious subject, transposed it into a different context, added an appropriate touch of whimsy, and left me feeling in awe of the transformative power of suffering.  The best feel–good documentary I’ve ever seen.” – Marc Grodner

Excerpt from CBS Minnesota’s coverage of the Images of Africa Film Festival

Finding Hillywood (Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.; St. Anthony Main Theatre)

What does one do after genocide? After one’s mother, along with 20 percent of the population, is murdered? How does one move on without forgetting? The answer, for Ayuub, is to make movies. Finding Hillywood, a documentary on the budding Rwandan film economy, follows the actor and filmmaker as he stages the festival that brings cinema to the Rwanda’s rolling countryside. Hillywood, get it? While stylistically the doc breaks no ground, the subject matter and the people featured are as compelling as, say, the origins of German New Wave. We meet filmmakers, like Ayuub, who are now helping to harvest a whole new crop of directors and actors. We also meet a young woman in the industry who’s directing: an act in and of itself that’s changing social norms. Clocking in at only an hour long, the film leaves you curious at what art these men and women, many of whom have lived through hell, can create. As money continues to flow toward incarnated comic book heroes in our culture, here’s to hoping that Rwandan cinema finds it roots, its financial footing and that movie screenings next to mass graves can prompt healing, change. —Sharp

Finding Hillywood at FilmAid

Last month, FINDING HILLYWOOD screened at the FilmAid Film Festival in Kenya. The annual FilmAid Film Festival showcases the work of the refugee filmmakers trained through FilmAid’s training program, as well as films from international filmmakers. Screenings were held in the refugee camps FilmAid works in, as well as in Nairobi. We were honored to be a part of this very special festival. Below are some photos from the screenings.

 

 

The Africa Bazaar Interview

Great article from The Africa Bazaar about our film and the trip back to Rwanda to screen Finding Hillywood at the Rwanda Film Festival.

“In the end, the film pays homage to Rwanda’s small but committed fiercely film industry—one that’s set on transforming its nation’s international image.” –Carolyn Okomo

Launch story of Rwandafilm.org

Stories about the launch of Rwandafilm.org have begun to filter in since the event on July 27. Here is an article written in Kinyarwanda. The original article can be found here: http://ibiriho.com/?Gukora-Film-mu-Rwanda-bikwiye-kuba

Gukora Film mu Rwanda bikwiye kuba umwuga ndetse bikanagirira akamaro abawukora. Abanyarwanda bafite inkuru nyinshi muri bo zo gukinamo Film ndetse n’ubutumwa bwo gutanga. Nyamara ariko hari abakinnyi ba Film batabona amahirwe yo kujya ahagarara kandi bafite iyo mpano.

Ibi ni ibyatangajwe na Leah Warshawski ubwo hafungurwaga ku mugararagaro urubuga rwa Interneti ruzajya ruhuza abakora Film n’abakina film. Uru rubuga Rwitwa rwandafilm.org, rukaba rwandika mu cyongereza hagamijwe guha amahirwe abafite impano yo gukina Film mu Rwanda kuba bamenyekana ku isi hose.

Gukina Film cyangwa se kuyiyobora ni impano iba mu muntu kurenza no kubyiga. Nyamara ariko bamwe mu banyarwanda bafite impano mu bijyanye na Film ntibamenyekana mu ruhando mpuzamaahanga kuko ntaho babarizwa hazwi. Ibi nibyo byatumye madamu Leah WARSHAWSKI wanakinye film Documantaire Finding Hillwood ashinga urubuga rwandafilm.org rugiye kuba nk’umuyoboro cyangwa isoko ku bakinnyi n’abakora film bo mu Rwanda.

Leah WARSHAWSKI yagize ati: “uru rubuga rwita rwandafilm.org. Ni urubuga rutegerejweho gufasha abantu bakora film, abakinnyi, n’abandi bose baboneka mu ruhando rwa Film hano mu Rwanda ndetse no muri Afrika y’Uburasirazuba guhura, ndetse no kubona akazi. Harimo inyungu nyinshi mu bigendanye no guhanga akazi, urabyumva bizafata igihe, ubu turashishikariza abantu kwiyandikisha ku rubuga bashyireho amakuru yabo ku buryo mu kwezi kumwe cyangwa abiri tuzabigeza mu bindi bihugu abantu bakabonako abanyarwanda bafite iyo mpano. »

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Leah watangije urubugarwandafilm.org

Bamwe mu bakora film ahano mu Rwanda baremezako uru rubuga ruzabafasha ku buryo bufatika harimo kugira aho bababirizwa ku wabashaka. NIYIGENA Osacar na RUNANIRA Richmond baremezako rwandafilm.org ije ikenewe. Kuri bo ngo ubusanzwe gukina Film mu Rwanda byari birimo akavuyo aho umuntu yagukinishaga cyangwa akaguha akazi kuberako akuzi atari ubumenyi akuziho. Basanga uru rubuga ruguye kubateza imbere.

Uru rubuga rukaba ruzafasha abanyarwanda kumenyekana mu gukora film ku isi yose. Kuri ubu bari gukorana na Leta y’u Rwanda binyuze muri Ministeri y’umuco na Sport n’ikigo cy’igihugu cy’iterambere kugirango iyi rwandafilm.org izabe nk’ikigo gishakirwaho abakinnyi ba film mu ruhando mpuzamahanga.

Icyo bisaba ni ukujya kuri urwo rubuga ukiyandikisha ugashyiraho imyirondoro yawe ndetse n’ibyo uzi muri film cyangwase ibyo ushoboye.