Behind the Word

  • Behind the Word
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2013
Format : Short
Running time : 20 (in minutes)

Colette, a young student finds her lack of speaking foreign languages brings her considerable ridicule from her classmates.

A young student finds her lack of English brings her considerable ridicule from her classmates. One of her teachers tries to abuse her, the unwelcoming climate she finds at school because of the language barrier is so unbearable for her but she cannot tell it due to lack of words, she struggles to learn new languages, due to her drawing talent, she will be able to capture her arts teacher and with her they try to fix her problems

Didda NIBAGWIRE, Eliane Umuhire, Michael Sengazi, Kelly Ngamije, Mico Assumpta, Erick Shaba

a film by Marie-Clémentine DUSABEJAMBO

Rwanda, 2013, Short Film, 20mins

Country: Rwanda
Year: 2012
Running Time: 21 minutes
Language: Kinyarwanda, English, French
Subtitles: Yes
Format: Digital

CAST (in credits order)
Didda NIBAGWIRE (AKA Dida Nibagwire, or Didacienne Nibagwire)... Colette
Michael Sengazi... Yvan
Kelly Ngamije... Charline
Assumpta Micho (as Assumpta Mico)... Art teacher
Eric Shaba... French teacher
Mustard Murefu... Headmaster
Eliane Umuhire... Colette's mother
George Birungi... Student
Rita Butera... Student
Queen Ingabire... Student
Adelite Mugabo... Student
John Mugala... Student (as John'Babou' Mugala)
Louis de Monfort Mugiraneza... Student
Jenny Mukarage... Student
Sharon Munyana... Student
Alex Musoni... Student
Sheila Mutoni... Student
Emmanuel Ngabonziza... Student
Lydia Nikuze... Student
Anais Nishimwe... Student
Prosper Ntigurirwa... Student
Amon Rugamba... Student
Olivier Shyaka... Student
Clemy Uwagaga... Student
Rita Uwera... Student

Produced by
Bérangère Kundamariya Umuhire... executive producer
Fanny Uwayezu... executive producer / producer

Producers: Fanny Uwayezu, Lee Isaac Chung

Marie Clémentine DUSABEJAMBO

Marie-Clémentine Dusabejambo

Jean-Luc Habyarimana (Jean Luc Habyarimana)

Richard Mugwaneza

Ruth Nirere

Art Direction by
Bérangère Kundamariya Umuhire

Assistant Director
Richard Mugwaneza

Gabriel Dusabe (as Gabby Dusabe)

Micheline Dusabe

Barcime Ndizihiwe

Safali Eugene (as Eugene Safari)

Sound designer
Lee Isaac Chung (as Isaac Lee Chung)

Boom operator
Prosper Ntigurirwa

Lighting technician
Moise Sangwa Mukunzi (as Moise Sangwa)

Assistant camera
Alexandre Sibomana

Marie-Clementine Dusabejambo

Location Manager
Moise Sangwa Mukunzi (as Moise Sangwa)

Music Department
Nirere Shanel... mood vocals (as Ruth Nirere)

Script advisor
Bérangère Kundamariya Umuhire

Marie-Clementine Dusabejambo
Bérangère Kundamariya Umuhire

Lee Isaac Chung... gratitude (as Isaac Lee Chung)
Micheline Dusabe... gratitude (as Michelline Dusabe)
Victoire Kantengwa... in memory of (as Mrs Victoire Kantengwa)
Bérangère Kundamariya Umuhire... gratitude (as Bérangère Umuhire)
Assumpta Micho... gratitude (as Assumpta Mico)
Mustard Murefu... gratitude
Ella Mutuyimana... gratitude (as Ella Liliane Mutuyimana)
Didacienne Nibagwire... gratitude (as Diddacienne Nibagwire)
Kivu Ruhorahoza... gratitude
Nirere Rwamahungu... gratitude
Fanny Uwayezu... gratitude
Philippe Van Leeuw... gratitude

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2013 | 9th Rwanda Film Festival | KIGALI, Rwanda | 20 > 26 Juillet 2013
* Official Selection
* Projection / Screening: July 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM / Kimisagala (MJK) : „ SPECIAL RWANDAN SHORTS"
* Projection / Screening: July 25, 2013 at 7:30 PM / The office : „RFF SHORTS: LOVE, FAMILY, RACE, EDUCATION"

2013 | 39th Seattle International Film Festival - SIFF 2013 | SEATTLE | États-Unis | 16/05/2013 > 09/06/2013
* Official Selection


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