Rwanda: Cine Femme – the Nursery Bed of Female Filmmakers in Rwanda

by Peter D. Marshall

by Patrick Buchan.

IN Hollywood, women make the list of some of the best film makers. Mira Nair, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and Maya Angelou among others are some of the female stars at the helm of Hollywood.

However, back home, the film industry is just taking off. We don’t have household names when it comes to women in filmmaking.

But a group of Rwandan females with a passion for film making are determined to change the status quo. Cine Femme, an association of Rwandan women filmmakers is at the helm of nurturing a new breed of female film makers. Already five of the association’s films are going to feature prominently at the Zanzibar Film Festival scheduled for June 14-22, 2014.

“Cine Femme was founded in 2013 by two ladies in the filmmaking arena,” says Odile Uwimbabazi, the vice president.

“For long, women have taken a back seat because they were new in the industry. This made it difficult because it wasn’t just about us but also the generation to come. How can young ladies get encouraged to join filmmaking when there is no substantial output from us?” Uwimbabazi asks.

Read the rest of this article from All Africa.

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