2014 Edition

The Pardon (Imbabazi)

The Pardon (Imbabazi)

Section: Long Narrative

Country: Rwanda

Production Year: 2013

Runtime: 73 Minutes

Director: Joel Karekezi

Screenwriters: Casey Schroen, Joel Karekezi

Cinematographer: Jack Elliott 

Editor: Veronique Doumbe

Music Composer: Ioannis Kourtis 

Cast: Wilson Egessa, Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce, Rehema Nanfuka, Brenda Ibarah, Benjamin Abemigisha

Print Source: imbabazifilm@gmail.com 

Synopsis: Best friends Manzi and Karemera find themselves on opposing sides in Rwanda’s ethnic civil war, with Tutsi Karemera’s family paying a horrific price for Manzi’s allegiance to his Hutu heritage. When Manzi is released from prison fifteen years later, his return reopens old wounds. Filmmaker Joel Karekezi draws from his own experience as a survivor of Rwanda’s violence in creating this moving account of two former friends who must contend with the unimaginable horrors in their past.