Directed by Lee Isaac Chung • 2007 • Rwanda
Starring Jeff Rutagengwa, Eric Ndorunkundiye, Jean Marie Vianney Nkurikiyinka
After stealing a machete from a market in Kigali, Munyurangabo (Jeff Rutagengwa) and his friend Sangwa (Eric Ndorunkundiye) leave the city on a journey tied to their pasts. Munyurangabo wants justice for his parents, who were killed in the Rwandan genocide, while Sangwa wants to visit the place he deserted years ago. Though they plan to visit Sangwa’s home for just a few hours, the boys stay for several days. Their friendship is tested when Sangwa’s wary parents disapprove of Munyurangabo, warning that “Hutus and Tutsis are supposed to be enemies.” Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the AFI Film Festival, MUNYURANGABO is an intense and inspiring portrait of youth in Rwanda from Lee Isaac Chung, the Oscar-nominated writer-director of MINARI.