Munyurangabo

Director: Lee Isaac Chung
Country: Rwanda / USA
Year: 2007
Running Time: 97 min.
Language: Kinyarwanda

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A teenager steals a machete at a Kigali market, then leaves with his friend on an extraordinary journey that boldly confronts Rwanda’s bloody history and the emotional consequences of years of war and genocide. This intimate story asks profound questions about the possibility of reconciliation and healing.

About the Director

Lee Isaac Chung

Biography: Lee Isaac Chung is an award-winning, New York-based filmmaker. As an immigrant from South Korea, he grew up in Arkansas and attended Yale University. At Yale, he was exposed to art cinema, when he gave up his plan to go to medical school and pursued filmmaking. His first major film, Munyurangabo, was well received at a premiere at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival (Official Selection – Un Certain Regard). The film is about an intimate friendship between two boys in the aftermath of the Rwandan Genocide. It was an official selection at top film festivals worldwide, including Busan, Toronto, Berlin, Rotterdam, New York, and AFI Fest in Hollywood, where it won the festival’s top prize. It was also selected as one of the famous New Directors/New Films series at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and was nominated for the Gotham Award and an Independent Spirit Award.

(Source: https://www.festivalscope.com/director/chung-lee-isaac)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Munyurangabo (2009).

Filmography:
Highway (2004);
Sex and Coffee (2005);
Los Coyotes (2005);
Munyurangabo (2007);
Lucky Life (2010);
Abigail Harm (2012).