A debut by American filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung, ‘Munyurangabo’ is circulating through various international film festivals. A review of its screening at the Toronto International Film Festival has left me itching to see the film. So if any one gets to see it before I do, please add a comment here.
Based on the genocide in Rwanda, and the underlying rifts between the Hutu and the Tutsi people, the film seems to explore the pain of conflicting emotions such as racial loyalty versus friendship, and history versus transience. I say seems to, because I glean this only from the synopsis and the review.
If you find this interesting, take a look at ‘The Silence‘ by Magnum photographer Gilles Peress – the book is out of print, hard to find and with good reason. Look for it in your local public library, or ask them to get it on inter-library loan. It is worth the trouble. And if you want to know more about this amazing photographer, read/listen to this interview.