|Friday, June 8th, 2012|
followed by a Q&A with Alrick Brown, Director
During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, when neighbors killed neighbors and friends betrayed friends, some crossed lines of hatred to protect of each other. As the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims and Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together and refused to participate in the killing. Inspired by true stories, Kinyarwanda interweaves six narrative tales that provide a complex and real depiction of life and human resilience in the face of unimaginable danger.
Winner, World Cinema Audience Award, Dramatic Film, 2011 Sundance Film Festival; Crystal Heart Award Winner, 2011 Heartland Film Festival
Alrick Brown has a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts after he graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and a Masters in Education. For over two years he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire. The interactions with the people of his village and his overall experiences in West Africa have informed his creative expression; an expression first fostered by his birth in Kingston, Jamaica and migration to, and upbringing in Plainfield, New Jersey. A filmmaker and teacher, Alrick has found his calling writing, directing and producing narrative and documentaries often focusing on social issues affecting the world at large. He has devoted his energy to changing the world by giving a voice to the voiceless and telling stories that otherwise would not be told.