“Our Tragic history is a repercussion of our loss of culture, like a tree, whose roots have been cut,”
That is one of the powerful statements made by Rev. Pastor Antoine Rutayisire, who features in Erick Kabera’s film ‘INTORE’.
Much is brought for many to ponder on, yet also to learn of through the few cultural figures, most of them survivors, the director takes us to a narration of the country’s beauty from side to side, ‘Culture’ is what held it before, but into antagonistic shatters, it turned out to be.
The 64 minutes 2014 documentary film, which is produced by Shely Neill, introduces us to Corneille Nyungura, one of its main characters and a lead focus, as he tells his story. As his entire family is massacred, he narrowly escaped death’s jaws during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsis, Nyungura finally landed back in Germany, where he had lived before returning back home with his family. With vast questions, he is caught up in despair,
“I don’t deny being half Tutsi and Hutu as well, and for this I can’t take sides,” he explains. For long he buried his grieve, moved on, but with anger over his homeland.
Till lately, after receiving his first born, a longing for seeking his roots returned, with passion he returned after years.
To sail, the film takes one into what were, three Rwandan tribes, The Hutu, Tutsis and Twa, all which sustained each other in harmony. The Tustis who were herdsmen batter traded cattle products from which they got food from the Hutu, who were agriculturalists.
The cow, ‘Inka’, is seen and regarded as a source of wealth entirely among Rwandans,
“Possession of many cows by a Hutu or Tutsi was a symbol of pride, one would be honored as rich,” states Maria Yohana Mukankuranga, a renowned traditional musician, who too has mentored many young musicians.
To this day, from way back, Rwanda takes pride in its culture, through its traditional dances, it portrays the cows and warriors’ bravery,
“One is taken into imagination of cows grazing within green pastures and hills, as he watches the women doing the dance.So rich and deep it is,” explains Jacque Murigande, a musician and Director of School of Music in Nyundo, Rubavu district.
Through its traditional arts like poetry, music and dance, Rwanda is talked of and praised as a beautiful and peaceful country. Nyungura reminisces, but in despair how the country long thought of to be beautiful and peaceful, turned out into ruins,
“We were proud of being the most peaceful, among culture and a nation throughout Africa,” he states.
Another survivor, who to exile and through, Jean Paul Samputu realized the burden he had, that still haunted him, which all was relieved off him, after granting forgiveness to the perpetrator.
Today, as a new generation rises, culture is being revived, especially through music, a leading art through which youth are brought together,
“The power of music can help healing this county’s wounds of the past,” he states. Samputu further emphasizes how much more unity can be achieved through music.
Unlike most of his films before, to the fore INTORE unveils what was and became of culture and its shatters, from which a new hope has been raised.
This inspired the film’s director to name the film,
“After watching the Inganzo Ngari performance, which emulated youthful resilience and pride of culture, like that of a warrior,” Mr. Kabera explains.
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