Rwanda Devises Big Plans to Build Its Own Film Industry: "We Have a Chance to Tell Our Stories"

30 November 2018


A quarter-century after a brutal genocide devastated the nation, Rwanda is pulling out all the stops to create a viable film and television business.

Rwanda, it is fair to say, is not on anyone's list of top film locations worldwide. But that might be about to change. The government of President Paul Kagame and powerful players in the country's nascent audiovisual industry have thrown their weight behind transforming this Eastern African nation into a hub for film and television production, both local and international.

This week, in the capital city of Kigali, the Rwanda Development Board held the Kigali Audiovisual Forum, a first-of-its-kind conference bringing together producers, film commissioners, financiers and government officials from across Africa and the world, to discuss and debate how to create a viable African film industry.

Judging by the packed auditorium in the Kigali Conference Center for the event, which ran Nov. 21-23, the forum is answering a pent-up demand. And, judging by the response of international attendees, it could prove the first step towards changing the image of this nation, so often linked with the brutal genocide of 1994. Read the full article on Hollywood Reporter here.