It might not be very popular in Rwanda but Imbabazi: The Pardon is making a splash on the international film scene.
The documentary movie made a cut for the 9th annual Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in the category for Best Child Actor.
It is expected to be a very interesting night, as film personalities from different countries in Africa converge in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State in Nigeria, today, for the awards ceremony.
Directed by Rwandan filmmaker Joel, Karekezi, Imbabazi: The Pardon follows two good friends in the same village, who find themselves on opposing sides in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.
Manzi is elevated to the position of local leader and is unable to withstand the peer pressure when the genocide begins. He kills Karemara’s father and younger brother. After a long bout of illness, Karemara has managed to make a new start in the city with his wife and children, but when Manzi is released from prison after 15 years, Karemara begins to plot his revenge. The film intercuts between present day and the time just before and during the genocide.
‘Imbabazi: The Pardon’ was produced with support from Göteborg International Film Festival Fund.
AMAA, the continent’s most prestigious awards for filmmakers are presented annually in recognition of professionals in the African film industry.
Founded in 2005 by African Film Academy (AFA) founder Peace Anyiam Osigwe the awards recognise directors, actors, writers and other professionals in the film industry with the aim of promoting excellence in the African movie industry in addition to highlighting the contribution of the African continent via arts and culture.
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Film
1. Nairobi Half Life : Kenya
2. Ninah’s Dowry : Cameroon
3. Last Fishing Boat : Malawi
4. Virgin Margarida : Mozambique
5. Elelwani : South Africa
6. Last Flight To Abuja : Nigeria
7. Confusion Na Wa : Nigeria
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Short Film
1. Dead River - Tim Huebschle: Namibia
2. Elegy For A Revolutionary - Paul van Zyl: South Africa
3. Yellow Fever - Ngendo Mukii: Kenya
4. Kwaku Ananse - Akosua Adoma Owusu: Ghana
5. Nhamo - Eunice Chiweshe Goldstein: Zimbabwe
6. Big Daddy - Chris Ihidero: Nigeria
7. Release - Sofia de Fay: South Africa
8. Burnt Forest - Zippy Kimundu: Kenya
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Documentary
1. Fuelling Poverty: Nigeria
2. Gun To Tape: Kenya
3. Swimming The Zambezi: South Africa
4. Give Me Back My Home: Kenya
5. The African Cypher Fly On The Wall: South Africa
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Child Actor
2. The Ugandan
3. Imbabazi, The Pardon
4. Ninah’s Dowry
5. Swirl In Bamako
6. Salimatu Traore (moi Zaphira)
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Promising Actor
1. Belinda Effah : Kokomma
2. Sumela Maculuva : Virgin Magarida
3. Joseph Wairimu : Nairobi Half Life
4. Shonelo Mbutho : Ulanga The Mark
5. Karoumwi Olakunle : The Twin Sword
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Supporting Role
1. Gabriel Afolayan : Hoodrush
2. Ali Nuhu : Blood And Henna
3. Olwenya Maina : Nairobi Half Life
4. Alfred Atungu : Twin Sword
5. Ikponmwosa Gold : Confusion Na Wa
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actor In A Leading Role
1. Oc Ukeje : Alan Poza
2. Bimbo Manuel : Hereos And Zereos
3. Lindani Nkosi : Zama Zama
4. Justus Esiri : Assasins Practice
5. Hlomla Dandala : The Contract
6. Femi Jacobs : The Meeting
7. Amurin Wumnembom : Ninah’s Dowry
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Actress In A Leading Role
1. Yvonne Okoro : The Contract
2. Florence Masebe : Elelwani
3. Mariam Ouedraogo : Moi Zaphira
4. Rita Dominic : The Meeting
5. Mbutung Seikeh : Ninah’s Diary
6. Flora Suya : Last Fishing Boat
AMAA 2013 Prize For Best Director
1. Kenneth Gyang : Confusion Na Wah
2. Shemu Joyah : Last Fishing Boat
3. Shirley Frimpong Manso: Contract
4. Niji Akanni : Hereos And Zeroes
5. David Kitounga : Nairobi Half Life
6. Ntshavheni Wa Luruli : Elelwani.