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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


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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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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,

For further information, email us at or call us on +250722306480

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Hillywood 2012 Silverback Awards: Winning movies

1. Hillywood Award 

(a). Lyiza – Clementine Dusabejambo (21 min)

(b). Shema – Kayambi Musafiri  (17 min)

(c). Kivuto – Poupoune Sesonga  (8 min)

(d). Darkness in my heart – Gahizi Ganza Dieudone  (14 min)

(e). Beyond the sight  – Sonia Uwimbabazi   (25 min) : WINNER!!!!

(f). Voice from Rwanda – Africa Channel (24 min)

(g). Please – Faustin Nyiyagena  (8 min)

2. East Africa Award

(a). Aphrodite – Charles J. Ouda  (21 min)

(b). White & Black, Crimes of Color –Jean-Francois Méan (58 min)

(c). Kahua – Mutahi Nueru    (15 min)

(d). A small Act – Jennifer Arnold   (88 min): WINNER!!!

3. Best Documentary Film

(a). Foreign – Miriam Fassbender    (92 min)

(b). Sunday in Brazzaville – Enric Bach   (51 min)

(c). Sibi, l’ame du violon – Michel K. Zongo  (38 min)

(d). Bons Baisers de la colonie – Nathalie Borgers   (74 min) : WINNER!!!

(e). Rwanda 17 Healing of a Nation – von Planta  (63 min)

(f). The City of photographers – Sebastián Moreno (80 min)

(g). A small Act – Jennifer Arnold   (88 min)

(h). The education of Auma Obama – BRANWEN OKPAKO  (80 min)

4. Best Feature Film

(a). Cloud Nine – Andreas Dresen  (100 min)

(b). Mr Nobody – Jaco Van Dormael   (140 mins) : WINNER!!!

(c). The First Grader – Justin Chadwick  (99 min)

(d). Bardsongs – Sander Francken  (94 min)

(e). Jozi  – Craig Freimond   (101 min)

(f). Whisky with Vodka – Andreas Dresen  (104 min)

5. Best Short Film

(a). Unfarewell – Ainhoa Menendez   (16 min) : WINNER!!!

(b). Vendetta – Leo Dehaan   (14 min)

(c). Red Shoes – Lorenzo Recio   (8 min)

(d). Pizzangrillo – Marco GianfredaPlwase  (15 min)

(e). Kivuto – Poupoune Sesonga   (8 min) : SPECIAL MENTION!!!

(f). Tête à tête – Virginie Boda   (18 min)

(g). Covariance – Dawn Westlake  (13 min)

(h). Last kiss in Rome – Carla Vadell  (19 min)

6. Best Director

(a). Justin Chadwick (The First Grader)

(b). Jaco Van Dormael (Mr Nobody) : WINNER!!!

(c). Nathalie Borgers (Bons Baisers de la colonie)

(d). Sander Francken (Bardsongs)

(e). Craig Freimond (Jozi)

(f). Andreas Dresen (Whisky with Vodka)

7. Resilience Award

(a). Justice for Sale – Femke van Velzen  (83 min) : WINNER!!!

(b). Lyiza – Clementine Dusabejambo  (21 min)

(c). Shema – Kayambi Musafiri   (17 min)

(d). Waramutseho –  Kouemo Yaghu Auguste (23 min)

(e). Darkness in my heart –  Gahizi Ganza Dieudonne (14 min)

(f). Waramutseho – Kouemo Yanghu Auguste  ( 23 min)

(g). Rwanda 17 Healing of a Nation – von Planta  (63 min)

8. Best Audience Award

(a). The First Grader – Justin Chadwick  (99 min) : WINNER!!!

(b). Sunday in Brazzaville – Ernic Bach & Adria Mones   (51 mins)

(c). Whisky with Vodka – Andreas Dresen

(d). Mr Nobody – Jaco Van Dormael

(f). Educating Obama – Branwen Okpako

9. Out of Africa: Films on Africa

(a). Shooting Freetown – Kieran Hanson   (29 min)

(b). Sunday in Brazzaville – Ernic BACH & Adria MONES  (51 mins): WINNER!!!

(c). Justice for Sale – Femke van Velzen  (83 min)

(d). The First Grader – Justin Chadwick (99 min)

(e). White & Black, Crimes of Color –Jean-Francois Méan  (58 min)

10. Rwanda as seen around the World

(a). Waramutseho –  Kouemo Yaghu Auguste  (23 min)

(b). Rwanda 17 Healing of a Nation – von Planta  (63 min) : WINNER!!!

Special thanks to the MEMBERS OF THE JURY

1. Kennedy MAZIMPAKA

2. Peter BENETT

3. Guido HUYSMANS (president jury)


5. Kevin GATETE