Director: Jacqueline Kalimunda
Country: Rwanda
Year: 2005
Running Time: 90 min
Language: English, Kinyarwanda, and French


The filmmaker returns home to show a glimpse of the horror that hit Rwanda in 1994 and tells a story of a generational journey to Rwanda, back to the origins of cruelty and fate. One million people killed in one hundred days. One million people killed in a population of eight million. In a beautiful land of violence, extreme beliefs and wicked politics, Kalimunda tries to reconcile the statistics with her sense of homecoming.

About the Director

Jacqueline Kalimunda

Jacqueline KalimundaBiography: Jacqueline Kalimunda was born in Kigali, Rwanda in 1974 and lived in Kenya, Madagascar and the UK before settling in France. After graduating in business and in history, she started working in film production. She trained as an editor and worked on documentaries and TV films. She also worked as continuity on French TV series. In 2003 she wrote, directed and co-produced her first film, the 23 minute multi-awarded Histoire de tresses (About Braids). The short film was also distributed in theatres in the UK and the USA. The documentary Homeland (2005) is the conclusion of a long project started when she was researching images of Rwanda for her graduation thesis with historians Jean-Pierre Chrétien and Hélène d’Almeida Topor. For this award winning documentary, Jacqueline Kalimunda unveiled 80 years of unpublished film archives on Rwanda. In 2007 and 2008, Jacqueline Kalimunda directed the first and second season of the TV series Imagine Afrika, broadcasted in 35 African countries on public TV channels in English, French, Swahili, Zulu, Portuguese. In 2010 she directed in coproduction with Canal Plus the feature film High Life (Lala & les Gaous). An alumni of the Berlinale Talent Campus (for France), Jacqueline Kalimunda is dedicated to original stories and strong themes.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Histoire de tresses [About Braids] (2005);
Homeland (2006).

Histoire de tresses [About Braids] (2003);
Homeland (2005);
Imagine Afrika (2007-2008);
High Life [Lala & les Gaous] (2010).