Munyurangabo (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Munyurangabo 2007

Directed by Lee Isaac Chung

From Rwanda a delicate, poignant film about the friendship of two young men, one Hutu, the other Tutsi. "An authentically beautiful film." — Film Comment

Rwanda / USA In Kinyarwanda with English subtitles
97 minutes 35mm

Director, Photography, Editor


Samuel Anderson
Lee Isaac Chung


Claire Wibabara


Josef "Jeff" Rutagengwa
Eric Dorunkundiye
Jean Marie Nkurikiyinka
Jean Pierre Mulonda Harerimana


Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Toronto, London, Pusan 2007


In this delicate, poignant film two young city men, one a Hutu, the other a Tutsi, are obliged to confront their ethnic difference for the first time when they visit the impoverished farm of the Hutu man’s family. Amazingly, this beautiful and most Afro-centric of recent African films grew from a young Korean American filmmaker’s observations while teaching at a Christian relief camp in Rwanda. The narrative and dialogue arose entirely out of the circumstances of people he and his script-writer knew. The performances unfold with unforced naturalism as though no camera were ever present. — BG

“Like a bolt out of the blue... Lee Isaac Chung achieves an astonishing and thoroughly masterful debut with Munyurangabo, which is – by several light years – the finest and truest film yet on the moral and emotional repercussions of the 15-year-old genocide that wracked Rwanda.“ — Robert Koehler, Variety