The film industry in Africa has developed tremendously. Nollywood movies have made Mama Azuka, Mr Ibu and Usofia household names all over Africa and the diaspora. As any form of art is known to do, film is a common ground for most. We laugh, we cry and we can relate and at these times, language is not a barrier. Impact Hub Kigali joined Rwanda in celebrating 12 years of film making during the Rwanda Film Festival. The festival, also known as HIllywood is seven days of pure bliss for film lovers, filmmakers and the media fraternity as they watch films from local and international talent.
This year, some screenings were done at Impact Hub Kigali on 24,25 and 29 November. On Sunday the 29th, Impact Hub hosted a film and social justice panel discussion prior to screening Kwanini Art. Kwa Nini Art? (meaning, ‘Art – For What?’) is a documentary film that showcases the role of the arts in a place riddled with conflict and instability. The film follows some artists in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as they explore their role in creating social change through art and has received a lot of good reviews since its premiere.
It is wonderful to be a part of cultural programs such as these as they are an opportunity to nurture and grow the talent that surrounds us. Well done Impact Hub Kigali!