Directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza
FEATURE NARRATIVE 100 Minutes World Premiere

Balthazar is a young African filmmaker on the brink of directing his first project, The Cycle of the Cockroach, a fictional story about a young woman who survived unspeakable atrocities only to find herself committed to the same mental institution as a man driven insane by the crimes he perpetrated during the war. Potential funders for the film insist the themes are too bleak and pessimistic—they encourage Balthazar to make a "message" film that raises awareness about gender-based violence or HIV/AIDS instead. But he refuses to give up. Instead of telling his production team the news, Balthazar continues preparations for the film without financing or equipment. After rehearsing a scene with each of the characters, reality blurs and scenes from the script materialize, provoking the question: Can a film like this exist only in the director's dreams?

Armed with a daring and creative visual language, writer/director Kivu Ruhorahoza boldly grasps at the illusory trick of representation in the wake of trauma and its ensuing madness. Paralleling the protagonist in his film, Ruhorahoza's debut marks the very first feature-length narrative film directed by a Rwandan filmmaker living in his homeland.

About the Director(s)
KIVU RUHORAHOZA was born in Kigali, Rwanda. His short films have screened at Rotterdam and Venice. He has made experimental documentaries, including the Parade of One music films with New York saxophonist Jeremy Danneman. Kivu is writing his first novel and a screenplay about a young gay man lost in an African city. This is his first feature film.
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Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Competition
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  • Length:
    100 minutes
  • Language:
    Kinyarwanda, French
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Cast & Credits
  • Executive Producer:
    Dominic Allen, Joel Betts
  • Director:
    Kivu Ruhorahoza
  • Screenwriter:
    Kivu Ruhorahoza
  • Editor:
    Antonio Rui Ribeiro
  • Producer:
    Kivu Ruhorahoza, Dominic Allen
  • Director of Photography:
    Ari Wegner
  • Sound:
    Eugene Safari
  • Primary Cast:
    Ruth Shanel Nirere, Shami Bizimana, Hervé Kimenyi, Jean Paul Uwayezu, Natasha Muziramakenga, Kennedy Mazimpaka

  • Sales Contact
    Dominic Allen
    Scarab Studio Films
    Richmond, 3121
    Phone: +61.3.9421.2642
  • Press Contact
    Kivu Ruhorahoza
    POV Production
    Kigali, BP 2401
    Phone: +25 078 304 73 85