Rwanda | KIVU: FESPAD IS JUST ABOUT EXHIBITION BUT NOT CREATION
Rwandan movie producer Kivu RUHORAHOZA (pictured above) has described The Pan-African Dance Festival (FESPAD) as a mere exhibition of talent that doesn’t promote creation as a long term project. Speaking at the screening of his film entitled “Grey Matter,” which was aired at Goethe Institute at Kacyiru on Tuesday night, he said, “In a country like Rwanda culture has to be supported, and it has to be long term thinking. 1 million dollars is spent on FESPAD, but FESPAD is about exhibition but it’s not creation. I like it, it’s fun but there has to be much money spent in terms of policy making.”
Grey Matter, a feature-length film that stars Herve KIMENYI and Nirere Shanel, depicts the trauma so painfully inflicted by the 1994 Genocide, and Kivu goes beyond to illustrate that perpetrators suffer trauma as well. Asked how the public has reacted to that, Kivu said, “Some hated the film others did not. There are those who thought I was sympathizing with the perpetrators, but trauma doesn’t choose its victim. After every major conflict the winner’s perversity is not a topic of discussion and the loser’s trauma is not a topic of discussion either.”
He went on to say how financial restrictions hindered the production of the film saying that after he started it in 2009, he had to wait for a full two years before its completion. The title, which he attributed to the human brain, whether mad or not, is a semi-abstract explanation of the 103-minute tragic film itself, that he says has nothing to do with his own autobiography.