Presented by the Academy and Bpeace
With special guests Wynn Thomas and Leah Warshawski
The inspirational 2013 documentary “Finding Hillywood” explores the budding film industry in Rwanda, and shows the power of cinema as a catalyst for healing and change.
The film centers around Ayuub Kasasa Mago, a local filmmaker whose mother died in the 1994 genocide. A coordinator for the Rwanda Film Festival (now in its 9th year), Mago leads a crew that travels from town to town for Hillywood, the section of the festival that presents locally made movies outdoors on giant inflatable screens, bringing joy and inspiration to tens of thousands in rural Rwandan communities.
Leah Warshawski, who directed and produced “Finding Hillywood” with Christopher Towey, will participate in a post-screening Q&A along with production designer Wynn Thomas, who was a member of the Academy’s International Outreach delegation to Rwanda and Kenya in 2011. Thomas and fellow Academy delegates, including actor Alfre Woodard, writer-director Phil Robinson, cinematographer John Bailey and others, conducted workshops for African filmmakers and saw the promise of Rwandan filmmaking and the magic of Hillywood screenings firsthand. Their experiences are chronicled here.
Bpeace, the Business Council for Peace, is a nonprofit network of business professionals who volunteer skills to entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries to help them create significant employment.
Watch the trailer and learn more at Finding Hillywood.
- Monday, October 21, 7:00 p.m.
- Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street
New York, NY (between Park and Lexington)