2009• Drama •1h33
Filmed entirely in Rwanda with local actors, Munyurangabo is the first narrative feature film in the Kinyarwanda language. After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo and his friend Sangwa leave the city to return to their village. The former seeks justice for his parents, who were killed in the Rwandan genocide, while the latter just wants to go home. Although the boys had planned to stay only a few hours, they end up spending several days.
From opposing ethnicities, they are tested when old-timers warn, “Hutus and Tutsis should not be friends.”
This intense and inspiring portrait of youth in Rwanda premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
« Lee Isaac Chung uses the fine-grained techniques of cinematic neorealism to illuminate the psychological and emotional landscape of a still-traumatized place. » - NY Times