GITI - The Paradise of the HellDirector:
Yves Montand Niyongabo
GITI is a district zone of the Northern province of Rwanda, a country in the heart of Africa. The history of the country is vast than the country itself, mostly known for the tragic history of the 1994 Tutsis genocide, where estimated one millions victims, were slaughtered in only a hundred days. During 1994, the whole country became a bloodbath and the genocide took place at all scope of the country except in GITI DISTRICT.
GITI, with its 450,000 population was, during the 1994 Tutsis genocide, the only place in Rwanda where the genocide didn’t take place and remained the only sure and safe place for relief.
While other population from neighboring zones, on the request of the government, were betraying and killing their friends, neighbors and relatives from different ethnics groups, the population from GITI zone kept their cold blood and didn’t respond to any government’s militias call to participate or get involved in the genocide.
Among many others living in that place, the project centers on four characters – SHYAKA, a 65 year old traditional music player and who, from his GITI zone home village observed everything that was happening during the 1994 genocide - CAMILLE a 22 year old student at university, who was 4 years old during the genocide, SANO a teen boy shortly born after the genocide and SANGWA a 59 year old villager potter and poet.
This is story of a region, and its outstanding people and their unique experiences.
The annual national commemoration-mourning week, when the rest of the country cries for theirs lost during the genocide, people from GITI’s feelings creates a personal point of view perspective.
Through the connection of their culture and the history, the four characters asserts to gain their confidence and dreams for the future from their past brave history and expresses their personal and individual hopes, regrets and neglects.
About the director
Yves Montand NIYONGABO is a Rwandese film director, born in 1988 in exile in Burundi where he spent a big part of his childhood. After the genocide the 1994 Tutsis genocide, he settled back with his parents in Rwanda. He studied literature and arts in high school. In 2004, he won the national poetry competition in high school’s literature students. He did law at university before dropping off his third year university law studies to filmmaking. He speaks French and English. He lives in Kigali.
Jean Bosco NSHIMIYIMANA was born in Kigali in 1982. He studied electronics and information technology. He is an established cinematographer and editor and many of the films that he worked on, has been screened in film festivals of fame such as Cannes film festival. He lives in Kigali the capital city of Rwanda.
After making a trailer, I’m looking for possible co producers and funders who will help producing the project from the shooting up to the post production stage.