Sunday, June 20, 2010


Talk about a cultural experience.  A Korean-American filmmaker from rural Arkansas, Lee Isaac Chung, travels to Rwanda to make the first movie ever filmed in the Kinyawanda language.  Munyurangabo, another fine offering from Film Movement, follows the journey of two boys, one Tutsi and one Hutu, as they travel on a journey of revenge.  Ngabo wants to kill the man who killed his father, but they stop by Sangwa's home for an unexpected stay.  Sangwa hasn't been home in years, and finds himself not wanting to go on with Ngabo.
The simplicity of Munyurangabo is perhaps its greatest asset.  The actors were not professionals, so the tone is much like a documentary.  It feels very authentic.  As you would expect, the movie is refreshingly short on bells and whistles--no CGI or stuntmen needed--but long on emotion.  This is an emotional journey examining family relationships and inter-tribal relationships in post-genocide Rwanda.  Definitely worth your time.

Bottom line, 3 stars.

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