November 1982 (age 31)
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter,|
|Notable work(s)||Grey Matter (film)|
Kivu Ruhorahoza is a Rwandese film director, writer and producer. He is internationally known for his feature film Grey Matter which won the Jury Special Mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and the Ecumenical Jury special mention at the 2011 Warsaw Film Festival.
Born in Kigali in 1982, Kivu entered the film career working as a production assistant for a year for a Rwandan producer, after he was promoted to production manager, where he used to assist a lot of crews coming in Rwanda for news from the BBC or CNN, but his passion was film.
Kivu Ruhorahoza arrived on the international film platform in 2007 with his first short film Confession which won the City of Venice Award at the Milan African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival and was screened at the Venice Film Festival. His second short film Lost in the South(2008) won Best African Short Film at the Vues D'Afrique Festival in Montreal and was screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
In 2011 Kivu Ruhorahoza lifted his career after releasing his first feature film "Grey matter", a film about trauma and madness in the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The film was produced in Rwanda in unstable financial situations, but it had a great success and went on to play at international prestigious film festivals including Tribeca, Melbourne, Warsaw, Rotterdam, Dubai, Durban, Göteborg and Rio.
In an interview with Tribeca Film Festival, Kivu related the trauma found in his film with the actual situation in his country Rwanda, he stated “We are a nation of traumatized people who never got any professional help, because how are you going to get professional help to millions of people? So people there still have all these irrational reactions to things, or you see people being cold when they should show some kind of emotion. You see people dealing with situations in really weird ways. But again, the role of the woman in my country is to hold the family together, and I think they’ve done an amazing job because rape was really widespread during the conflict. It was terrible.”
In September 2012 Kivu Ruhorahoza was a mentor in a film directing workshop in Rwanda where he shared his experience with upcoming Rwandan filmmakers.
From 2012 Kivu is working on a new feature film "Jomo", about the life of young homosexual Kenyan deported from England to Kenya where he faces a homophobic rejecting society.
- DeWITT, David (January 18, 2012). "Unearthing the Meaning in a Massacre". New York Times. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
http://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/features/Kivu_Ruhorahoza_Grey_Matter.html#.UTH4ajBTBp5 "Tribeca Film Festiva/Kivu Ruhorahoza"