Celebrity watch: Eric Kabera

Eric Kabera is a Rwandan journalist and filmmaker/ director. He is the founder of Rwanda Cinema Centre and is famous for his major role in establishing and developing the Rwanda Film industry.
Eric Kabera behind the scenes during a film shoot.
Eric Kabera behind the scenes during a film shoot.

Eric Kabera is a Rwandan journalist and filmmaker/ director.

He is the founder of Rwanda Cinema Centre and is famous for his major role in establishing and developing the Rwanda Film industry.

Kabera was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970; the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi occurred when he was still there. However, 32 of his family members are said to have died in the massacres.

He was, thus, inspired to produce the 2001 feature film, 100 Days, which was the first movie about the Rwanda Genocide. He did it alongside British Film-maker, Nick Hughes.

Kabera also made the 2004 documentary, “Keepers of Memory”, also about the Rwanda Genocide, which featured testimonies of several survivors. 

He also co-produced “Iseta; Behind the Roadblock” in 2008 and was the co-producer of the 2010 “Africa United” movie that received large local and international acclaim.

Kabera’s Rwanda Cinema Centre, which has, since 2005 organized the popular Rwanda Film Festival, in 2011, established the Kwetu Film School.

The Rwanda Film Festival, also known as “Hillywood” is a mid-year event that highlights local films by Rwandans across various parts of the country.

Among Kabera’s latest ambitions, is developing a movie theatre, which he has pursued since 2007, and releasing movies about the social lives of Rwandans – something different from the common Genocide tributes. 

emma.munyaneza@newtimes.co.rw

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