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Another Night Of Comedy at KWETU Inn This Saturday

Exactly two months ago W.C. Fields’ films donated films to the Rwanda Cinema Center/Kwetu Film Institute. On Sunday, August 12, 2012, under the stars, two W.C. Fields’ films were screened in Kigali, Rwanda. Dr. Harriet Fields shared with the audience that her grandfather performed in Africa, and said, “I am very happy for our grandfather to have a home in Africa, for Kwetu means Home in Swahili.” A magical experience for all, many attendees said they will remember the night forever. Eric Kabera, founder of the Kwetu Film Institute, said he wants to teach his students how to do comedy, so they and the country can laugh again. Eric shared that W.C. Fields’ comic genius is unmatched in the world today.

Next Saturday, 13th October 2012, the Rwanda Film Festival in collaboration with KWETU Residence inn will once again screen another W.C. Fields film and the sensational student film ‘Special Thievies’.
The ENTRANCE is absolutely FREE. The main feature starts at 7PM



Meet Our Six Scholarship Beneficiaries!

(1). IRUMVA Rebecca


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In Her Own Words;
It put me a lot of pride that producers of the sensational film Africa United, have awarded me with a three months scholarships in filmmaking. I was hesitant that I would not effectively compete my fellow applicants. Thanks God I finally got it! This marks the beginning of my journey to become a successful scriptwriter. I cannot exhaustively thank my sponsors for such a wonderful opportunity!

CAREER FIELD: Rebecca is looking forward to specialize in Scriptwriting!

(2). Jules SIBOMANA


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In His Own Words;

I have always wanted to be a successful film director. My directing debut has already been tested with a students film ‘Special Thieves’
I have learnt first hand the challenges that film directors goes through in an effort to bring forth a good film that has a potential to be appreciated beyond the bonders.

My greatest film director model ‘Stephen Spielberg’ once said that despite his huge success in filmmaking, he is still a student. This applies to me and everyday is a learning day. I believe this bursary will help bring out the storyteller in me. I am now looking forward to the classes! Lastly, I am very grateful to all those who were involved in making this happen.

CAREER FIELD: Jules is looking forward to specialize in Film Directing!

(4). Regis NZEYUWERA


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In His Own Words;
Born in 1982, I lost my parents at a tender age and couldn’t complete my studies, as I wished due to lack of financial means. However, that situation didn’t hold me back from thinking on something professional I could do to develop myself both intellectually and financially and also support others in need as much as I can. This is the utmost reason why I had plans to join the KWETU Film Institute.

Filmmaking is my favorite profession and I value it very much and hope it will help me to reach high and achieve my ambition.I am a big fan of the sensational film Africa Unitedbecause it was done professionally involving very young people that I can easily relate with.

In the near future am interested in making “Drama” movies.
Once again I really appreciate your offer of three months scholarship at KWETU Film Institute.

CAREER FIELD: Regis is looking forward to specialize in Cinematography!

(5). Claudine NDIMBIRA


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In Her Own Words

My love for films can be traced way back to my primary school days. I remember as a little girl, I would struggle prioritizing between catching a favorite cartoon and have my dinner! I believed the cartoon was more important. My mom developed a new calling that was geared in reminding me that films were after all fake. However, It is this close relationship between fake and real that has been propelling me in the industry. This bursary could not have come at a better time and is the catalyst that I badly needed to succeed.
Early last month, I was very proud when I was requested to have my voice and song incorporated in an animation film produced by the KWETU Film Institute. I am promising the Institute and my sponsor that I will make maximum use of my time at the school.
I am thankful for such a rare opportunity in Rwanda. I am now more than ever before quite sure that I will finally emerge one of the best sound designer in the region. Thanks!

CAREER FIELD: Claudine is looking forward to specialize in Sound Design!

(3). KAYITANA Isaac


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In His Own Words;
I represent the hand working Rwandan youths who believes in a job well done. I have a lot of untold stories that I hope to tell in the near future. Joining the KWETU Film Institute has always been my goal since the launching ceremony mid last year.
The scholarship marks a milestone towards realizing my future dream. Much as I hope to focus my energies in production department, I am also looking forward to learn what each and every department needs.

CAREER FIELD: Isaac is looking forward to specialize in Film Production!



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In His Own Words
I am 22 years old, current student at the KWETU Film Institute. First and foremost, I consider all films as my lifelong passion. Secondly, i consider films as the only one way I can use to transmit messages to a global audience!

I have a personal touch on comedies because they make me laugh even when I’m sad. The hollywood film director, James Cameron of the Avatar fame is one of my idols. He is genius at his own class and loves his job.

In the near future, i would like to make animation films. I was inspired after taking part at the just concluded animation workshop at KWETU Film Institute. The two weeks extensive workshop saw the successful production of five amazing short films in animation! Honestly, i am still cerebrating!
I am a great reader of Empire magazine, as it gives me breaking movie news, interviews of some famous actors, directors and producers. Lastly, I would like to salute my sponsors a wonderful opportunity to further my skills in filmmaking through this bursary. May God may bless you!

CAREER FIELD: Samuel is looking forward to specialize in Video Editing!

The management of KWETU Film Institute join the student fraternity to thank our scholarship sponsors; Skillset, a UK based organisation that provides training for people within filmmaking industry in the UK, Pathé Productions and the producers of the film – Africa United the sensational film that has become a household name in Rwanda. It tells an extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their ultimate dream – to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg. The film is a dramatic, heartfelt and enchanting story set to enthrall family audiences worldwide”
Without you, the awarding of this bursaries would not have been possible!

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The festival's best film "Mr.Nobody" to screen at KWETU

Mr. Nobody

It’s still fresh in many people’s mind that the film Mr. Nobody swept the BEST FEATURE FILM prize in style! This was during the just concluded Rwanda Film Festival that was held in July this year. However, a considerable number of Kigali film lovers missed the film screening. The Festival in collaboration with KWETU Residence Inn, located within Estate 2020 Gacurilo is promising to make it up for you this Saturday!
This will be the film’s second screening on the Rwandan soil!

Join us this Saturday 29th September at KWETU Residence Inn. The main feature is set to kicks off at 7PM

Entrance is absolutely FREE!

Censorship Certificate: Unsuitable for Under 16!

Running Time : 160 Minutes

Film Synopsis:

“Nemo Nobody leads an ordinary existence at his wife’s side, Elise, and their 3 children until the day when reality skids and he wakes up as an old man in the year 2092. At 117, Mr. Nobody is both the oldest man in the world and the last mortal of a new mankind where nobody dies anymore. But that doesn’t seem to interest or bother him very much. The only questions that preoccupy him in the present is whether he lived the right life for himself, loved the woman whom he was supposed to love, and had the children whom he was meant to have… now his purpose is to find the right answer.
Mr Nobody is one of those rare films that can suck the viewer into its world. As you watch Mr Nobody and the various events you might not fully understand at the time the meaning of everything you see, but you will remain intrigued and as the movie progresses it starts to make more sense. There are quite a few things left up to interpretation, but the film should keep you thinking about it once the ending credits begin. The cinematography is amazing and a lot of care and detail was put into the movie.

Jared Leto gave an amazing performance as Nemo Nobody and the surrounding cast fit right into place. The story is told beautifully, and without giving away any big spoilers there is a lot that happens and a lot that doesn’t happen. It is very rare for me to give a movie a 10/10 rating, but I feel Mr Nobody deserves it as I could not really find any flaws. Some may argue the ending isn’t as strong as it could be, but I found it to be very fitting. If given the chance you should see Mr Nobody and drawn into his world.”

Polite Notice: Your punctuality will ensure the BEST sitting position in the hall!

Quote: “The Belgian director Jaco van Dormael launches this unique project, which unifies influences from all over the Western world to create a film that pays homage to its predecessors while still standing very well on its own. The result is something definitely worth having on your resume”

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Successful Scholarship Applicants Announced!

Africa United Poster

The management of KWETU Film Institute takes this opportunity to announce the successful scholarship applicants. The call for application advert was posted exactly three months ago and was immediately shared in different forums that host young artists in East Africa. It attracted a record sixty-seven applicants.
The six students will spend the next three months at the KWETU Film Institute located within Estate 2020 Gaculiro. In addition to the basic learning in general filmmaking, the students are also set to specialize in selected individual departments.
The scholarship was kindly sponsored by Skillset, a UK based organisation that provides training for people within filmmaking industry in the UK, Pathé Productions and the producers of the film – Africa United the sensational film that has become a household name in Rwanda. It tells an extraordinary story of three Rwandan children and their bid to achieve their ultimate dream – to take part in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg. The film is a dramatic, heartfelt and enchanting story set to enthrall family audiences worldwide”
Below is the official list of beneficiaries and corresponding departments,

1. Rebecca IRUMVA – Script Writing

2. Jules SIBOMANA – Directing

3. Regis NZEYUWERA – Cinematography

4. Ndimbira SHENGE – Sound Design

5. Isaac KAYITANA – Production

6. Samuel NSENGIYUMVA – Editing

KWETU Film Institute wishes you good luck in your training at the institute. Congratulation!

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"Africa United" to screen at KWETU on Saturday 22nd September 2012

The Rwanda Film Festival invites you to the screening the Silver Back Award – winning films at the KWETU Residence Inn. It’s located within Estate 2020 Gaculiro Benjamina street opposite gate #18.

SATURDAY: 22th September 2012


The first grader by Debs Gardner-Paterson/Feature, 88’, Kenya


Africa United is a cheerful, good-natured road movie in which three Rwandan school kids take a wrong turning when heading to Kigali to audition for a warm-up act at the 2010 World Cup. They are an 11-year-old Aids orphan who lectures on condoms and safe sex to his peers, his younger sister who wants to be a doctor, and a middle-class soccer star. They end up in war-torn Congo, escape from an orphanage with a tough, traumatised fugitive child soldier and push on to South Africa for the opening match. On the way they’re joined by a resilient young prostitute, and the quintet bond on the hazardous journey. The middle-class lad throws his mobile into Lake Tanganyika to break away from his censorious mother; the child soldier casts his revolver into a river to signal his rejection of tribal violence.
This somewhat ramshackle affair is packed with action, is handsomely photographed, and has enough realism and danger to keep the lurking sentimentality at bay. It makes an interesting comparison with Alexander Mackendrick’s 1963 movie Sammy Going South, recently released on DVD, in which a 10-year-old British lad orphaned in the 1956 bombing during the Suez invasion makes his way to relatives in South Africa across a very different Dark Continent.
. Africa United
. Production year: 2010
. Country: UK
. Cert (UK): 12A
. Runtime: 88 mins
. Directors: Debs Gardner-Paterson
. Cast: Emmanuel Jal, Eriya Ndayambaje, Roger Nsengiyumva, Sanyu Joanita Kintu, Sherrie Silver, Yves Dusenge

Main Feature starts at 7PM


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FREE Film Screenings at KWETU!

The Rwanda Film Festival invites you to the screening the Silver Back Award – winning films at the KWETU Residence Inn. It’s located within Estate 2020 Gaculiro Benjamina street opposite gate #18.

SATURDAY: 15th September 2012


The first grader by Justin Chadwick/Feature, 99’, Kenya


In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school. He is Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life. He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.

Moved by his passionate plea, head teacher Jane Obinchu (Naomie Harris), supports his struggle to gain admission and together they face fierce opposition from parents and officials who don’t want to waste a precious school place on such an old man.

Full of vitality and humour, the film explores the remarkable relationships Maruge builds with his classmates some eighty years his junior. Through Maruge’s journey, we are taken back to the shocking untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier where Maruge fought for the freedom of his country, eventually ending up in the extreme and harsh conditions of the British detention camps.

Main Feature starts at 7PM


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OPEN DAY at KWETU for all scholarship applicants

Following the overwhelming applications for the advertised scholarship opportunities at KWETU Film Institute, all applicants are requested to come to the institute located within Estate 2020 Benjamina opposite #18.

The two hours meeting will commence at 10.00AM.

Be punctual and pass this information to your friends who had also applied for the scholarship. Sorry for such a short notice….

See you then,

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