By Linda Mbabazi
American actress, Cassandra Freeman, is in the country to support local artists improve on quality.
"Basically, I’m trying to find out the kind of support needed here," Ms. Freeman said, "I went to Cyangungu and met the former sexual workers, and I’ll also meet some people from the local film industry."
Born on October 1, 1978, Florida, USA, Ms. Freeman is an actress, whose work has incited policy and she is actively involved in training young filmmakers, as well as empowering girls. She say she is certainly committed to bringing light in Rwanda.
In November 2009, she was in the country to shoot the movie ‘Kinyarwanda’ Ms. Freeman met the girls of Camp GLOW (Girls Leading our World) and held activities like acting and empowerment workshops.
‘Kinyarwanda’ is a feature film based on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and currently, being featured at the Sundance film festival in the US.
The 32-year-old actress told The New Times, that she was amazed by the transformation that happened when she was working with the girls, which inspired her to start a none-profit project in America called ‘Kassandra Arts Project.’
Ms. Freeman plans to invest in the youth and communities in the country, adding to its creativity by developing programs and camps. She is visiting organizations to see if she can help them grow and see what opportunities exist for the artists.
"My mission is to bring art to disadvantaged children across the world, starting with Rwanda," Ms. Freeman said.
She revealed that her major focus as visual art and dance, and will be inviting successful American artists to help elevate the competency of the artists.
Rachael Gold-Brown, a Peace Corps Rwanda Public Health Volunteer, said Ms. Freeman’s initiative will act as a catalyst of change for the empowerment and leadership of the young women.
"I invited Ms. Freeman to be part of our project and she was so enthusiastic to volunteer her time to help volunteers of the Peace Corps work with the girls of Camp GLOW," Gold-Brown said.