*EURweb’s Lee Bailey caught up with filmmaker Alrick Brown at a screening of his Sundance Award-winning movie “Kenyarwanda.” The film uses six interwoven tales that together form one grand narrative of “the most complex and real depiction yet presented of human resilience and life during the Rwandan genocide,” notes press material for the film.
Shot on location in Rwanda, the movie – named after one of the country’s four official languages alongside English, French and Swahili – follows a young Tutsi woman and a young Hutu man who fall in love amidst chaos, a soldier struggling to foster a greater good while absent from her family, and a priest grappling with his faith in the face of unspeakable horror.
“We chose that as the title because both the Hutu and the Tutsi share that common language,” Brown told us. “We wanted to unify the people even with the title of the film.”
In the audio below, Brown explains how such an ambitious topic was fostered through an equally-ambitious writing process.
Born in Kingston Jamaica and raised in Plainfield, NJ, Brown earned his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and found his passion in narrative films and documentaries that spotlight social issues affecting the world at large.
In the audio below, Brown explains how his two-year experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire was the first to inspire the idea for “Kenyarwanda.” [Scroll down to watch the trailer.]