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01 February 2022

Recent films. Amelia Umuhire: Settling (and audio documentary "Innocent")

Amelia Umuhire

12:21 - Documentary - 2021
Innocent, description of audio documentary below
Al Jazeera English launches Africa Direct, a distinctive series of compelling and immersive short documentaries produced and directed by all-African filmmaking talent.

In Kigali’s School of Architecture, Professor Josephine Malonza inspires her students to take a people-centred approach to "informal housing". She is part of a big urbanisation project in Rwanda’s capital and wants to see more community engagement in housing.

In Settling, by filmmaker Amelia Umuhire, Malonza shares her story and ideas and takes us on a trip to Kigali’s oldest urban settlement. Hers is a life of moving countries, challenging gender roles, and finding life affirmation after a personal tragedy made her reflect on the lessons of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Amelia Umuhire is a Rwandan filmmaker and artist. She wrote, directed and produced the award-winning web series Polyglot, the short film Mugabo and the Prix-Europa nominated sound piece Vaterland. Her work has been screened internationally. She is currently a head writer on a TV show for German broadcaster ZDF.
Amelia Umuhire tells the story of Innocent Seminega – her father – as a young student, teacher, husband and parent up until his death at the hands of Hutu extremists in Rwanda in 1994. Tracing her family history as she addresses him, she weaves together threads from his love of linguistics, his romance with her mother, parenthood, and life lived amidst violent conflict – until unfurling her own story of her childhood and movement between countries – critiquing the white gaze which might try and frame her family’s story.

Innocent is an intimate portrait that resists the narrative canon that the West imposes on recent Rwandan history.


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