“Birds Are Singing in Kigali” UK Premiere at the London BFI Film Festival 2017 / by Ada Zielinska

The UK Premiere of the  Birds Are Singing in Kigali by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze will take place in the program of the forthcoming London BFI FF. The film will be shown within the “Debate” strand, presenting the “riveting films that amplify, scrutinize, argue and surprise.” 

Peter Hames, a long-time programmer of the festival describes the film in the following words: “Reeling with the psychological impact of the Rwandan genocide, Polish ornithologist Anna and her Tutsi friend Claudine embark on creating a new life. Claudine, the daughter of Anna’s colleague and a victim of the genocide, is accepted as a refugee by the Polish authorities. From there, the film deals with the parallel but differing effects of trauma. Underlying themes are gradually revealed, with the use of flashback and voiceover adding a powerful metaphorical context. Avoiding explicit accounts of the atrocities, the film’s exploration of ‘white’ and ‘black’ realities also exposes the bureaucratic and frequently inhuman obstacles faced by refugees. Their intertwined lives eventually find Anna and Claudine returning to Rwanda in search of the graves of Claudine’s lost relatives, and perhaps some resolution. Directed by Johanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, there are powerful performances by Jowita Budnik (who starred in the directors’ earlier Papusza) and Eliane Umahire.”

“Birds Are Singing in Kigali” will be presented along with (among others) Samuel Maoz new film “Foxtrot”, Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor” and Roland Joffe’s “The Forgiven.”  

more information about the festival:
www.bfi.org.uk