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January intake takes off with vigor!

Today marks the beginning of the second week for the new students at the Kwetu Film Institute. However, doors are still open for a few more students. The institute is your gateway to the exciting and fast-growing world of Media and Filmmaking. Built on the rich heritage and strong foundations of its supporters, KWETU Film Institute was envisaged by its founders to be a hub of cutting-edge technology and traditional expertise which will be your platform of limitless opportunities to a career in filmmaking and media world. The school will equip you with skills and nurture your talents to enable you make a mark in the world of media and film making.

KWETU gives you wings to fly in the limitless world of media and film making. It is an arena of creative freedom that gives you the wings to dream big, and to make your media and film making career dreams come true.

It’s our mission at KWETU:

To elevate your inner talents and creative power
To innovate new media techniques and skills
To pioneer a media-education that nurtures the best of talents
To rejuvenate the media industry with a pool of fresh and brilliant minds
To support and spread a culture of media arts
To provide our students the skills and infrastructure to create their own visions and fulfill their dreams
To encourage freedom of expression in media education

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At the age of five years, Tsatsi knew she could act!

Writes Joseph Njata
Tsatsi Rugege is barely 17 years of age but her performance on stage cannot go unnoticed. She is currently pursuing International Baccalaureate Diploma program at the Green Hills Academy. I recently caught up with her at the KWETU Film Institute where she performed a sensational Broadway hit musical; FAME. The following are some of the excerpts.

Q: When did you know that you had a talent in acting?
A: I’ve never thought of drama as a talent but rather as a passion. My first experience was the day I acted Mary in a Christmas play about the birth of Jesus. I was only five years old.

Q: Who is your role model in the creative industry – in theater or films?
A: I don’t have a person as my role model but rather a story that inspires me, the Broadway hit musical, FAME! That’s why I chose to do it at the Green Hills Academy.

Q; Apart from today’s performance, have you acted before?
A: I have acted in two Christmas plays at pre-primary school. In primary school I took part in a production inspired by Rudyard Kipling writings, The Jungle Book and a poetry performance. I also did Trolls, a male artists inspired production.

Q: What do you think about the film industry in Rwanda?
A: The film industry in Rwanda seems hot right now! It is rapidly growing and I am sure, it will soon be very lucrative. In nutshell, it’s very promising.

Q: What impact do you think the establishment of KWETU Film Institute will have on Rwanda?
A: I see the Institute contributing rapidly to the development of entertainment and hence Rwanda’s economy. Educating people means ensuring their stability as far as an income is concerned which is extremely important in any country. I also see the Institue inspiring youth to get into the creative sector where they will able to express themselves positively.

Q: Which is your favorite film and why?
A: My favorite film is Finding Neverland. It’s really sad story about the playwright and inspiration of Peter Pan but the way the film portrays reality and imagination and its combination with music is absolutely amazing!

Q: Do you think African made films are weaker as compared to Hollywood films?
A: I don’t think so. In Africa, we had to give the first priority to pressing issues like infrastructure and suitable societies to live in. We are only a bit behind but, many countries especially Rwanda, are catching up at a good pace. We only need to keep trying, take constructive criticism and learn to ask for help where necessary.

Q: If an upcoming local filmmaker requested you to act in his are her film how would you react?

A: First I would be shocked. But really, I would be thrilled to work with a local filmmaker!

Q: Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

A: I see myself combining my two passions, engineering and performing arts. Many people think they’re extremely different, but I think they have a major factor in common; movement. I don’t know how, but I’ll do it.

Q: Which are your hobbies?

A: I really like attending Spoken Word Rwanda at Shooters Lounge because I love reciting poetry and singing.

Q: Lastly, what message do you have for the young people who would love to join the creative industry especially in acting?
A: Performing Arts is like a child. It requires love, strength, patience and it is the greatest gift!