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Joel Karekezi is a filmmaker and Rwandan genocide survivor. On 10.10.10 he will be documenting a day in the life of other survivors.

The Pardon from Maisha Film Lab on Vimeo.

Who are you and what is your profession?
I am Rwandan filmmaker, Genocide survivor 25 years old and I am starting my production company in order to tell Rwandan and African stories through professional cinemas.

Can you tell us a little about your background and upbringing?

I studied Biology-Chemistry at high school and University (Kigali Institute of Education). In 2008 I got a Diploma certificate in film directing (cinecours from Quebec in Canada: In 2009 I attended Maisha film lab in screenwriting and after the course I directed my short film The Pardon, which won The Golden Impala Award at Amakula Film Festival in Uganda. In 2009 it was screened at Kenya International film festival, and in 2010 it was screened at Zanzibar International film festival on 23th/24th October 2010, Durban International film festival, Images that matter short film festival in Ethiopia, and Silicon Valley African Film Festival in California. In 2010 I participated in The Berlinale Talent Campus in Germany.

I was working with Columbia University and Maisha Film Lab Mentorship on my feature script THE PARDON from April-October 2010.

What inspired you to be a filmmaker?
I decided to become a filmmaker because as African, Rwandan and Genocide survivor I had lot of stories which can educate the whole world and after studying film directing I decided to start my career in filmmaking.

What are your heroes?
My hero is my God. God helped to get the opportunity and knowledge of being able to showcase some of my stories which is in my heart and I believe that with his help I will achieve my goal of fighting genocide through professional cinema.

What story do you want to tell on 10.10.10?
I will tell a story of a genocide survivor who lives in a village where all the members of his family were killed and after 15 years he is trying to build his future and trying to create a new family but he is surrounded by many problems like economical, psychological and the presence of the past in his life. I will show through this story how this survivor is trying to contribute in the development of the country even if he has to work together with some people who contributed in the killing of his own family.

Why is this important to you?
It very important for me to tell this story because as a genocide survivor I have the responsibility to tell what a survivor is going through on this special day, telling this story on 10.10.10 will help me to showcase to the whole world my other feature film projects which can help in the development of the whole world.

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Comment by Catherine Butterfield on October 13, 2010 at 8:52pm
Beautiful, beautiful film. Looking forward to your 10.10 video.
Comment by pamela ruddick on October 13, 2010 at 4:47am
THANKS I cannot wait to see your video!
Comment by Yann Kaphus on October 8, 2010 at 1:07pm
so it's looking that most of the people will film some poetic stuff, and some nice views, and a little tour in the forest, and timelaps...
not me , we need to change our society quick !!! Show the true!!! look at us into the mirror!!! Show problems and stupids!!! Show the evil!!!
good luck ...



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