JULY 22 -23: Rwanda Film Festival @The Office!

The Office is proud to host two nights of the 2013 Rwanda Film Festival! We’ll be screening films on our roof terrace Monday and Tuesday, 22 & 23 of July, and even sitting down for a Q&A and chat with the director of the anticipated “Finding Hillywood” film.  Bring a blanket and some friends and come check out these awesome films:

Monday, 22 July:

The Suffering Grasses, (Documentary, 52 min) Directed by Lala Lee. Screening begins at 18:30.

With thousands dead and counting, the ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, and an unsavory reflection of the world at large. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring and the complicated politics of the region, this film explores the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced. In all such conflicts, it is civilians, women and children, families and whole communities, who suffer at the leisure of those in power. When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers.

“Art, Beauty and the Experimental World”, Series of 4 short films. Screening begins at 19:30

1. 1974 (13 min)

2. Dialemi (21 min)

3.  Yellow fever (6 min)

4. Split end, I feel wonderful (5 min)

“Worlds Apart”, Series of 5 short films. Screening begins at 20:30

1. Diploma

2. Kiruna – Kigali, (20 min)

3. Olongo, (23 min)

4. Eutanas, (9 min)

5. Kwaku Ananse, (25 min)

Tuesday, 23 July:

Finding Hillywood, (USA/Rwanda, Documentary, 52 min.) Directed by Leah Warshawski and Christopher Towey. Screening begins at 18:30, with Panel Discussion and “Meet the Director” event to follow. Don’t miss it!!!

Set amongst the hills of Rwanda, 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. A unique and endearing phenomenon film, about the very beginning of Rwanda’s film industry and the pioneers who bring local films to rural communities, on a giant inflatable movie screen. For most Rwandan’s this is the first time they have seen a film, let alone one in their local language, “”Kinyarwanda.”" Thousands of people show up to watch films in stadiums next to mass graves, and locations where horrible crimes took place during the genocide. FINDING HILLYWOOD is a real life example of the power of film to heal a man and a nation.

About Katherine

Katherine has been living in Rwanda since January of 2012, and has spent her time writing, teaching, managing, running, and generally enjoying sunshine and green hills. As Director of Creative Operations at The Office, Katherine focuses on public relations and community building. Most of her time is dedicated to ensuring that all Office members are happy, healthy, and positively contributing to our young and growing community.

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