Imfura

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    Imfura

    Directed by

    Rwanda

    2017

    36 min

    • Kinyarwanda

    Drama

    ‘My mum left me when I was a baby, she never saw a celebration, and she’ll never see one. Oh generation of god.’ In Kinyarwanda ‘Imfura’ means first-born, the noble one, gentleman. Gisa, a young man, travels to his mother’s village. He never got to know her, since she disappeared in the genocide. Gisa wants to comprehend, to remember, so he meets those who remain. Much has changed. Various chants and rituals guide him in his search. The memory is inside him, the midwife says, has always been with him. He is not alone. He is alone however when he is suddenly forced to choose a position in a fight over an inheritance, a shell of a house. The ruins represent the visible remains of the genocide.

    Awards

    • Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Samuel Ishimwe
    Cinematography
    Samuel Ishimwe
    Editing
    Samuel Ishimwe
    Production
    HAUTE ECOLE D'ART ET DE DESIGN – GENEVE
    Samuel Ishimwe

    Samuel Ishimwe

    Rwanda

    Born in Rwanda in 1991, after finishing high school he worked as a journalist and photographer and attended several film workshops. His short films have screened at various festivals including Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. In June 2017 he completed a film degree at the Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD). His first short IMFURA won Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film).