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Friday, March 28 · 6:00 pm · Bangor Public Library, Downtown Bangor, Maine

FREE admission — FREE popcorn

Grey Matter

Rwanda , 2011, 100 min
Directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza
Kinyar wanda and French, with subtitles in English

Set in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, this radiantly self-referential film-within-a-film describes the vision and trials of a determined filmmaker named Balthazar as he tries to produce his first feature, The Cycle of the Cockroach. The trenchant drama, about a brother and sister dealing with the aftermath of genocide, finds no support from agencies only interested in funding upbeat policy-friendly films. As Balthazar borrows recklessly from a loan shark, the Cycle plays out on the screen, subtly measuring the horror and systematic madness of events hardly unique to Rwanda, while offering bracing insight into the nature of political violence.

 

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