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March 7, 2014

‘Finding Hillywood’ shines a light on the Rwandan film industry

MILLEDGEVILLE —

Georgia College presents “Finding Hillywood” with filmmaker Leah Warshawski as part of the South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers in the Arts & Sciences Auditorium Sunday, March 9 at 3 p.m.

Following a screening of the film, Warshawski and the audience will engage in a discussion about the film and her work as a filmmaker. 

In Hillywood (the Rwanda film industry’s name for the country’s rolling hills) there is a blossoming film community. As Rwanda is still healing from the wounds of a cultural genocide almost 20 years ago, cinema has become a way for artists to express themselves and create cultural discussion.

“Finding Hillywood” efficiently introduces the major players who set the beginning of the industry in motion. Eric Kabera founded the Kwetu Film Institute, directed the first Rwandan feature and created the Rwanda Film Festival. Ayuub Kasasa Mago is a renaissance man within the industry, equally adept at directing, acting, scouting or “fixing” just about anything a production might need. While it is easy to see that Eric is the heart of the industry, as the film continues Ayuub comes to represent its soul with his all-encompassing passion.

This screening is free and open to the public.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. 

Other films and screening dates sponsored by Georgia College Library, the College of Arts & Sciences and Alpha Lambda Delta include “The New Public”on April 13.

For more information, please contact Joe Windish at 445-4424 or Dr. Mary Magoulick at 445-3177. You can also visit www.southarts.org.

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