Joel Karekezi is a Rwandese screenwriter, director, and producer who graduated in 2008 with a diploma in film directing from Cinecours. In 2009 he directed his short film The Pardon, which won the Golden Impala award at the Amakula Film Festival in Uganda. He received a development award from the G?teborg International Film Festival Fund for his first feature film The Pardon, which has bee screened at different festivals around the world. The film won the Nile Grand Prize 2014 at Luxor African Film Festival and the best director award at International Images Film Festival for Woman 2014. In 2012 his script of The Mercy of the Jungle won the CFI Award for the Most Promising Audiovisual Project at Durban FilmMart.