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Father's Day

Directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza
2022
Rwanda
111 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Intertwined stories about women and children explore Rwandan patriarchy and feminism and the country’s history of violence in this moving drama from director Kivu Ruhorahoza.
“Men are stressful,” says one woman to another in Father’s Day – and indeed, this is the film’s central theme. Each story is concerned with the failures of men and the violence they commit. An impoverished and abusive father teaches his young son to hustle on the streets. A housewife is exasperated by her husband’s slackness as she copes with the death of their son. A young woman decides whether to donate part of her lung to a father she hates (with good reason). The lingering trauma of the 1994 genocide remains a spectre over these stories of anger, sorrow, fragile hope and determination. Stirringly beautiful cinematography, fine ensemble acting and a sharp screenplay elevate this captivating and memorable film.
Ruhorahoza’s drama reveals the hidden connections among his many characters and the underlying social conflicts that they confront.
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Fathers Day is a meditation on the lingering scars of genocide that are laid bare by vain men too insecure to give up their authorities; on toxic fatherhood directed by egotism and self-entitlement.
Joseph Fahim, The Africa Report

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Fri 17 Jun
11:30am
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sat 18 Jun
6:15pm
Palace Central Cinemas
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Features
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Rwanda
Language
In Kinyarwanda with English subtitles
Director
Kivu Ruhorahoza
Producer
Kivu Ruhorahoza, Dida Nibagwire
Cast
Mediatrice Kayitesi, Aline Amike, Yves Kijyana
Screenwriter
Kivu Ruhorahoza
Cinematographer
Taté
Editor
Kivu Ruhorahaza
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Cinephile, Politics & Economics, Africa
Company Credits
Production Company: Iyugi Productions
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