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Joël Karekezi

Joël Karekezi

Director of Imbabazi: The Pardon, Rwanda

Q: What film inspired you to start a career as a filmmaker?

A: Lumumba directed by Raoul Peck (2000).


Q: Did you make Imbabazi: The Pardon with a specific audience in mind?

A: The audience I have in mind for this films is international. I believe that this film is necessary to every person because they learn about genocide.


Q: What memorable events happened during the production of Imbabazi: The Pardon?

A: I made this film on a very low budget and I was very happy to work with different people who were committed to work hard on this film as volunteers.


Q: What did you learn from working on Imbabazi: The Pardon?

A: Making this film, which is being presented in many film festivals, gave me the energy and creativity to tell more African stories.


Q: If you could work with any actor, living or dead, who would it be?

A: It would be a dream come true to work with Denzel Washington on my next feature film project, The Mercy of the Jungle.


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