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.
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.
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
|Principal Cast:||Wilson Egessa, Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce, Rehema Nanfuka|
|Running Time:||73 minutes|
|Producer:||Joel Karekezi, Casey Schroen, Veronique N. Doumbe|
|Screenplay:||Joel Karekezi, Casey Schroen|
|Editors:||Veronique N. Doumbe|
|Filmography:||Debut Feature Film|