Rwandan Filmmaker, Samuel Ishimwe Wins Big At The Berlin Film Festival 2018

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The 68th Berlin International Film Festival kicked off between 15th and 25th of February 2018.

For the first time, a Rwandan short film competed on the global stage and won. Rwandan filmmaker Samuel Ishimwe, took home the Silver Bear Jury Prize in the short film category for his film, Imfura, at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.

Imfura tells the story of Gisa, a young man who travels to the village of his mother, who disappeared in the genocide. He finds himself in the midst of a family conflict over the fate of the ruins of a house his mother had built. Caught between the contradictions of a changing society, Gisa, who is almost the same age as the new Rwanda, seeks to rediscover his share of the collective memory of a past that belongs to him.

According to the organizers, “The film’s hybrid form, its fusion of documentary and staged material, gives it a great sense of immediacy.” The film has been screened at the 36th International Film Festival of Uruguay 2018 and the 28th African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival 2018.

The Berlin International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the world. The festival sold over 300,000 tickets and had 396 films in all the festival’s various sections.

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