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RWANDA: BEYOND THE DEADLY PIT
Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 7:00PM
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit (104 minutes) is Gilbert Ndahayo’s debut autobiographical documentary film premiered at the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival in 2010 and nominated for African Movie Academy Award®-. In the film, a survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda confronts, on-camera, his parents’ killers, attempts to learn the death of his grandparents only to discover a grave of Antonia Locatelli, an Italian nun next to his grandparents in a church’s crypt of ten thousand bodies including fifty-three of his immediate family members. Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit is an unforgettable journey of the filmmaker in un-forgiving the genocide against the Tutsi that claimed the lives of two million people within one hundred days in the Spring of 1994.
ABOUT THE FILM DIRECTOR:
Gilbert Ndahayo also known as GIL was born on December 10, 1975, in Astrida – the Belgium Queen’s colony in the village of Zivu in the Southern Provence of Rwanda to a teacher mother and politician father. In High school, he wrote his first long plays, “A Cow for Breakfast” and “The Family” about the 1994 genocide. His first short film, “Scars of My Days” (2006, 32 minutes), aired on the French TV5 Monde and premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in the presence of the 42nd US President Bill Clinton and the Rwandan President Paul Kagame at Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in May 2007.
GIL is best known for writing and directing the feature documentary films Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit – Dietro Il Convento (2010, 104 minutes) and The Rwandan Night (2013, 115 minutes) that debuted in forty countries in Europe and translated into Greek, German, Italian, French and English. He also directed the Ugandan segment for Ridley Scott’s famous feature documentary “Life in a Day” (2011, 95 minutes), line-produced Oscar Award winning documentaries “Flores de Ruanda” (2008, 24 minutes) for the Spanish filmmaker David Munoz, “Poetry of Resilience” (2011, 40 minutes) for Academy Award®-nominee director Katja Esson, the international acclaimed Brazilian filmmaker Iara Lee’s “Cultures of Resistance” (2010, 73 minutes) and wrote the postface to Terre di Mezzo Editore’s “Un millione di vite” (2015).
GIL was raised as a Catholic, served as Scout Leader. At the age of eighteen, he co-founded PSR, Rwanda’s first Labor Party and was one of the pioneers that created Hillywood – Cinema by the Hills – in 2005 in respect to the African tradition of storytelling. Upon moving to America in 2008, he received Vivian G. Prins Fellowship for Artists at Risk and Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media. He then attended Northwestern University’s Ph.D. French and Francophonie Studies after graduating from the prestigious Columbia University’s MFA Film Program. He is the only two-times winner of Best Documentary Feature at Silicon Valley African Film Festival and Verona Award. He is a recipient of the Signis Commendation for Best African Documentary, the highest grant for the 2015 Rhode Island State Council on the Art for “The Blood of the Chosen” documentary film, the Santa Clara County Commendation and the US House of Representatives - Special Congregational Certificates of Recognition by the California Legislature Assembly. GIL currently lives and works in Bloomington, Indiana. He likes cooking, material assemblage, digital technology and sometimes teaches the Rwanda’s 360 degree dance moves only performed to the last King of Rwanda.
The film is introduced by Ph.D Kurt Baer, IU B Ethnomusicology and will be followed by a Q and A session with the Rwandan filmmaker GIL.
Doors open at 6pm for general admission event. The estimated length of the show is 104 minutes. The director rates this film 16+. Wearing a mask is required indoors in Monroe County. Vaccine verification or negative covid test results within 48 hours required to enter the venue. COVID Policy FAQ.