AFFRM — aka the African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement — will give U.S. theatrical distribution to “Kinyarwanda,” the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner for World Cinema Drama. The film will be released in November.
Written and directed by Alrick Brown, “Kinyarwanda” is the Rwandan-produced drama about the country’s 1994 genocide and interweaves six true stories into a single narrative.
This is the second release for AFFRM, a theatrical distribution collective founded by director Ava DuVernay and overseen by black film organizations that include Urbanworld Film Festival, Imagenation, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, ReelBlack Film Series and BronzeLens Film Festival. AFFRM’s first release was the DuVernay-directed “I Will Follow,” which opened in March to a first-weekend per-screen average of $11,428.
“Kinyarwanda” is produced by Darren Dean and Tommy Oliver with executive producer Ishmael Ntihabose. Brown directs from his screenplay, with a story by Ntihabose. Cassandra Freeman, Edouard Bamporiki and Cleophas Kabasitain star.
Here’s the extended trailer for the film: