March 30, 2014
USA | 2013 | 57 minutes | Chris Towey, Leah Warshawski
With free fried plantains! Hillywood, the Rwandan film industry, is given the spotlight in this affectionate portrait featuring the filmmaking community, the blossoming film festival culture, and the joy of the people as they experience Rwandan cinema on the big screen. Filmmaker Leah Warshawski scheduled to attend.
Named for Rwanda's rolling hills, Hillywood is the country's blossoming film community. 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 some of the major players who set the beginning of the industry in motion. Eric Kabera founded of 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.
Seattle filmmakers Leah Warshawski and Chris Towey have created a stirring documentary that functions as a Rwandan history lesson but also reveals the power of media as a catalyst for cultural healing, especially when the people of Rwanda feel genuine goosebumps by seeing their culture authentically represented on the big screen.
|Director:||Chris Towey, Leah Warshawski|
|Running Time:||57 minutes|