United Reprographics was commissioned by Inflatable Film LLC to print promotional materials for an exciting new film included in this year’s SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival), Finding Hillywood.
We would like to share a little about this inspiring movie:
“Set amongst the hills of Rwanda, Finding Hillywood chronicles one man’s road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. A unique and endearing phenomenon film about the very beginning of Rwanda’s film industry and the pioneers who bring local films to rural communities. A real life example of the power of film to heal a man and a nation.” - www.findinghillywood.com
For our readers in the Seattle area, there is a showing of Finding Hillywood at 4pm tomorrow afternoon at the Egyptian Theater (Wednesday, June 5th 2013). We highly recommend viewing this uplifting film! Tickets and information can be found here: http://www.siff.net/festival-2013/finding-hillywood
The nation of Rwanda suffered through a horrific genocide in 1994. Over 20% of the nation’s population were killed during a 100 day period. Almost 20 years later, this heavy event still burdens the hearts of Rwandan citizens. The film Finding Hillywood centers around a man, Ayuub Kasasa Mago, and the developing Rwandan film culture. The prime concept of this documentary is exploring the use of film to help Rwandans cope with events of the past, understand current issues, and provide the ability to move forward in a positive direction. Ayuub says, “we have so many stories that haven’t been told, and we can make them in movies!” (For even more motivation to see the film tomorrow, Ayuub will be attending the Seattle screening too!)
We had the opportunity to speak with the director, Leah Warshawski and learn more about the project:
What is “Hillywood”?
Hillywood is an annual traveling film festival in Rwanda started in 2004. Featured work by local filmmakers provides a positive way to express and understand current and past issues experienced by Rwandans. The name “Hillywood” comes from the description of Rwanda as “the land of a thousand hills.”
What meaning(s) do you hope people will take away from watching this film?
“We hope this film can give people a new way to look at Rwanda and the history of that country. Most people hear ‘Rwanda’ and only think of the past: genocide, guerillas, and war. They don’t know that Rwanda is green with lakes, trees, hills and volcanoes. They don’t know about its unique culture and arts.” said Warshawski. The Finding Hillywood crew also hope that people will see the talent and potential in the Rwandan film culture. “Money and donated cameras are good but those donations don’t always go to the right places.” Ideally, they would like to see the local filmmakers and production workers hired to work on more projects (local and international).
Does your crew have any plans to work together in the future? If so, are there any upcoming projects we can look forward to?
We’ve already signed a contract for a new documentary to be filmed in Uganda where we will be working alongside the key character in Finding Hillywood, Ayuub Kasasa Mago. This time, Ayuub will be a member of the film crew instead of the subject of the film. This is exactly the type of partnership that the Finding Hillywood crew hope to promote.
Here’s a picture of the director in front of the theater for tomorrow’s screening: