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Kivu Ruhorahoza’s Smoldering Rwandan Drama ‘Grey Matter’ Now Available To USA Audiences

Kivu Ruhorahoza's Smoldering Rwandan Drama 'Grey Matter' Now Available To USA Audiences

Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza, whose first film, Grey Matter (aka Matière Grise), made its debut at the 2011 installment of the Tribeca Film Festival here in New York City, and was later selected for the touring Global Lens 2012 series, has long begun work on his second feature, Jomo, which was selected for the Rotterdam CineMart last year, out of 465 entries, where it was presented to 850 potential co-financiers during the event.

No word on where Jomo currently stands in terms of production, but it’s on my watch-list, so as soon as I hear anything, it’ll be shared here.

In the meantime, you are strongly encouraged to check out Kivu’s feature film debut, the above-mentioned, criticially-acclaimed Grey Matter (aka Matière Grise).

Its synopsis reads: 

When his grant falls through a few days before production, a young filmmaker hides the bad news from his team and continues preparations on his film ‘The Cycle of the Cockroach’ without financing or equipment. Reality blurs as scenes from the script suddenly begin to materialize – can this film exist only in his dreams?

It’s what you’d call a film within a film – first, the filmmaker, Balthazar (played by Hervé Kimenyi) and his efforts to get his film made; and second, the story he wants to tell in his film, which centers on 2 siblings (played by Ruth Shanel Nirere and Ramadhan Shami Bizimana) struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. 

The quiet, smoldering film, also the first feature length narrative film made in Rwanda by a Rwandan filmmaker, takes an audacious, experimental approach, speaking to recent horrors in the country. It shows how important it is for *under-represented* countries and their filmmakers to tell their own stories, offering a kind of reflection that often goes missing in films about countries like Rwanda produced by non-Rwandans (usually white Americans or Europeans). 

It’s a must-see film, and one that American audiences can now finally watch in the comfort of your homes, via a film streaming site called Fandor, which is no different from similar services offered by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc.

Fandor’s films are hand-selected, so you get a nice eclectic mix of films from all over the world (like the above) that you may not get to see otherwise. 

And Fandor is available on several different platforms, like Roku, iPad, iPhone and others. It’s $10 a month for unlimited streaming. Although they are offering a 2-week free trial right now. So you could sign up, watch Grey Matter before your trial ends, and cancel if you want. 

But $10 a month isn’t all-that-bad.

Click HERE for the film’s page on Fandor to learn more.

Trailer below and you’ll find a clip from the film underneath:

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