FINDING HILLYWOOD chronicles one man's road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. In Hillywood (Rwanda's film industry ...
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FINDING HILLYWOOD chronicles one man's road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. In Hillywood (Rwanda's film industry named for the country's rolling hills) there is a blossoming film community. As Rwanda is still healing from the wounds of a cultural genocide almost 20 years ago, cinema has become a way for artists to express themselves and create cultural discussion. FINDING HILLYWOOD efficiently introduces the major players who set the beginning of the industry in motion. Eric Kabera founded the Kwetu Film Institute, directed the first Rwandan feature, and created the Rwanda Film Festival. Ayuub Kasasa Mago is a renaissance man within the industry, equally adept at directing, acting, scouting, or "fixing" just about anything a production might need. While it is easy to see that Eric is the heart of the industry, as the film continues Ayuub comes to represent its soul with his all-encompassing passion. FINDING ...
Brilliant Portrait of Rwanda's Emerging Film Industry
FINDING HILLWOOD chronicles the lives of several artists who are building Rwanda's film industry from the ground up. As these heroes tackle personal challenges, their country's limited resources, and the legacy of the 1994 genocide, they create art that inspires and entertains and ultimately heals the wounds of their homeland.
The film showcases the work of several Rwandan film-makers--Ayuub, Eric, and Nicole, among others--all of whom deserve a wide audience.
FINDING HILLYWOOD's director Leah Warshawski captures the frustrations inherent in bringing films to rural people who have never seen a movie before. As barefoot crowds endure rainstorms and power failures in order to watch THEIR stories on an inflatable screen, the viewer sees, and feels,the absolute magic of cinema.
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