Us – July 18th, 2008
Apologies for lack of updates recently, our phone busted so no mobile uploads. but now it’s all finished, so we’re going home.
Climb – July 11th, 2008
A walk until there is no more uphill. 2hrs. Gisozi
Doctor Deacon – July 9th, 2008
While my co-worker on this project (kerry deacon) is an excellent youth film educator/artist, i can’t recommend her medical expertise with the same confidence (yes, she’s a bit ill again, although it should be mentioned that she thinks she’s already contracted rabies, parasites and dysentery. . . )
Extras – July 9th, 2008
What We Want – July 8th, 2008
Rwanda appears to have a ministry of environmental protection. where’s mine?
Raincheck – July 6th, 2008
The dry season is not living up to its name this weekend.
Independent film – July 2nd, 2008
Location shoot for the first film the trainers have written, produced and directed entirely on their own.
Cutting crew – July 1st, 2008
First day of editing with the trainees. Sometimes It’s easy to forget how strange the concept of a mouse interface is for people who’ve never used one.
Hierarchy – June 30th, 2008
Your phone number in rwanda defines your social status (including who will answer your calls!) This number begins with 08 and is therefore ‘old school’, owned by people who’ve had a mobile for a while or who hold important positions. New numbers beginning with 03 (like ours) belong to ‘peasants’, i.e. those who have only just got a mobile. Generally people won’t answer a call from an 03 number if they don’t know it! The other communication trend here is ‘beeping’, where you just call someone and hang up so they know you’ve called. Similar to a facebook ‘poke’, it doesn’t really mean more than ‘hi’, but you’re expected to ‘beep’ back or return the call.
Games we play – June 29th, 2008
Returning after an exploration of local villages we find this simple but fast game being played by ernest (our driver). Called Egisoru, It’s a case of moving your beans and trying to ‘eat’ your opponent’s.
Arts council rwanda – June 29th, 2008
Local artist Dufitu Mukisa stages an impromptu exhibition for us.
Gisenyi microplex – June 27th, 2008
Travelling north west from kigali to lake kivu, we find Gisenyi dotted with these mini-cinemas. Some show sport only, some show chinese action movies. pulling back a tattered curtain usually reveals no projectors, just a large tv, cheap entry and drinks. Cinema Vision (pictured above) is closed right now but gearing up for the euro final this sunday.
Distribution – June 27th, 2008
A home burnt DVD from the local video rental shop. Amazingly people actually return them.
Wayne’s world – June 25th, 2008
The trainers reviewing shot sizes with lauren(a student). Here they seem to be trying our their EXTREME CLOSE UP. This was probably the hardest day yet for david and jean-paul (the trainers) in terms of teaching, but they got through and the students definitely progressed their skills.
Kitchen sink drama – June 24th, 2008
Students being taught by the new trainers. Today they filmed a four shot story and managed to tackle camera positions, crew roles, alcoholism, and domestic violence. So who knows, tomorrow we may end up with apertures, focus and a drug addiction.
Street network – June 23rd, 2008
There domestic phones (called Tuvugane) are dotted around Kigali on street corners. A wireless card in the back connects them to the local mobile network. Give some money to the guy with the yellow vest and make your call. A public phonebox for minimalists.
Tefl for dummies – June 20th, 2008
Kerry teaches english to the world.
Architecture award 2008 – June 19th, 2008
Testing the trainers – June 19th, 2008
Joselyne teaching duncan. Today we’ve been testing the trainers to see if they can pass on the skills kerry has taught them over the past few weeks.
Backyard – June 18th, 2008
Our view at dusk. Kakamutwa
Doctor. Kigali – June 18th, 2008
No trip to africa complete without a trip to the health centre.
Duncan has now joined me in Kigali and has launched straight into teaching and bumbling through Kinyarwanda! Together we have been working hard with our trainers, David, Josylene and Jean Paul. The introduction of new equipment that Duncan brought along (2nd Camera,DVD writer, popcorn) has allowed a greater variety of teaching and production.
Stage 1 of the project is where the trainers learn to become film makers and editors. They are taught by Duncan and myself for 2 days of the week, the remaining time in the week is spent passing on their knowledge to Centre Marembo’s young people. Our trainers are now confident with the camera and are developing compositional skills alongside narrative development and storyboarding, their progress is positive and encouraging.
Although still at very different learning stages they are supportive and patient with one another. They have learnt to become a working film crew and are still improving in their crew roles. Last week they wrote, planned and shot their first informational film, which was based around the value of education provided at Centre Marembo.
In terms of their role as trainers, they have been thrown in at the deep end and have already started teaching the young people. Duncan and I support the trainers with lesson planning, teaching activities and assessment strategies.
Stage 2 of the project has been fantastic! We have 6 eager young people who are ready to be the first round of Centre Marembo film makers creating work in Kinyarwanda. Like their trainers they come with differing film and computer skills, but are incredibly enthusiastic about exploring film making, group work, and their own creativity.
They are currently working on ideas for their own educational films which will become part of the media resource library at Centre Marembo.
Kerry & Duncan