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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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The Pardon

Director Joel Karekezi scheduled to attend | May 26 & May 27

Bridging narrative simplicity and emotional depth, first-time Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi showcases friends who are on opposing sides of the Rwandan genocide. Years later, they must navigate their horrific past toward an emotional future.

Schedule
May 26, 2013 6:00 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
May 27, 2013 3:30 PM Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center Date has passed

Manzi and Karemera are best friends who seem inseparable; but as ethnic tensions rise in 1994 Rwanda, the forces of history and violence tear them apart. After the death of the president, the country is plunged into an ethnic civil war and Manzi finds his Hutu heritage stronger than his relationship to his Tutsi friend. Karemera’s family pays the ultimate price, scarring Karemera for life with the memory of his family’s murders. 15 years later, Manzi is released from prison and returns to the town to pick up the pieces of his life but Karemera still holds a grudge and believes Manzi should still be punished more for his role in the genocide. Rwandan filmmaker Joel Karekezi has crafted a beautiful film that reflects the horror of past genocide but advocates for reconciliation and a brighter future in the next generation. The strong central performances from Wilson Egessa and Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce bridge the film’s seeming narrative simplicity to a deeper emotional catharsis. As a survivor himself, Karekezi offers audiences a unique connection to the tragic events as well as an opportunity to search within for the forgiveness society needs to heal and flourish.


Director Biography
Joel Karekezi is an up-and-coming filmmaker, a graduate of Quebec’s Cinecours, and a survivor of the Rwandan Genocide. The Pardon is a feature-length adaptation of an earlier short film.

Sponsored in part by Delta Air Lines, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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His to Keep

An older man remembers the pain of his youth in the resistance against colonial power.
Director: Joel Karekezi
Principal Cast: Wilson Egessa, Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce, Rehema Nanfuka
Country: Rwanda
Year: 2013
Running Time: 73 minutes
Producer: Joel Karekezi, Casey Schroen, Veronique N. Doumbe
Screenplay: Joel Karekezi, Casey Schroen
Cinematographers: Jack Elliot
Editors: Veronique N. Doumbe
Music: Ioannis Kourtis
Website: http://www.imbabazi.com/
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: English
Format: DCP
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