Grey Matter (Matiere Grise)

September 8, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
North End Studios
294 North Winooski Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401

Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza
Rwanda | 2011 | Narrative | Kinyarwanda and French w/English subtitles
Narrative | 100 minutes
Film source: Global Lens

Grey Matter

Set in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, this radiantly self-referential film-within-a-film describes the vision and trials of a determined filmmaker named Balthazar, as he tries to produce his first feature, The Cycle of the Cockroach. The trenchant drama, about a brother and sister dealing with the aftermath of genocide, finds no support from agencies only interested in funding upbeat policy-friendly films. As Balthazar borrows recklessly from a loan shark, the Cycle plays out on the screen, subtly measuring the horror and systematic madness of events hardly unique to Rwanda, while offering bracing insight into the nature of political violence.

About the Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza was born in Kigali, Rwanda in 1982. A self-taught filmmaker, he won the award for Best African Short at Montreal’s 25th Pan African International Film Festival and Best Short at the Kenya International Film Festival in 2009 for his short film, Lost in the South. He has also produced an experimental documentary, Rwanda 15, with New York saxophonist Jeremy Danneman for the Parade of One project. Grey Matter is his first feature film and the first feature-length narrative film produced in Rwanda by a native Rwandan filmmaker.

A full Study Guide about the film, prepared by the Global Film Initiative, can be downloaded here