Several years after the Rwandan genocide, in which 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were brutally murdered, the country is rebuilding, forging new beginnings and challenging old-fashioned myths about the place. Edouard Bamporiki (Eddy) is a lyrical poet, actor and director who travels the country showing his films and sharing anecdotes from his past. Yves Montand Niyongabo (Yves) is an ambitious 22-year old first-time director who hopes his work will win prestigious grants and film awards. Both filmmakers are part of a nascent but quickly evolving film and media community based in Kigali, the nation's capital and the film trails them for several months. The studio Eddy and Yves belong to -- Almond Tree Films Rwanda -- creates several short films a year and collaborated to produce the documentary. An experimental film, it weaves together hundreds of high-res photographs, clips from the artists' films, Rwandan hip hop music and video gathered by the artists themselves to construct a rich, lyrical portrait of a recovering nation, and the artists rising along with it.
***OFFICIAL SELECTION: Rotterdam Film Festival 2010***
***OFFICIAL SELECTION: Gothenberg Film Festival 2010***
***FINALIST: OUTSTANDING BROADCAST STORY OF THE YEAR: South Asian Journalists Association***
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