Title English:GREY MATTER
Country:Ruanda 2011
Language:OF m. dt. UT
Length:110 Minutes
Film series:Jenseits von Europa XII

Director :Ruhorahoza, Kivu
Screenplay:Ruhorahoza, Kivu
Cinematography:Wegner, Ari
Editing:Ribeiro, Antonio Rui
Music:Nzayisenga, Sophie
Sound:Safari, Eugène
Cast:Bizimana, Ramadhan
 Kimenyi, Hervé
 Muziramakenga, Natasha
 Nirere, Ruth
Producer:Allen, Dominic
Production company:Scarab Studio
 Global Film Initiative


Balthazar is a young African filmmaker about to complete his first project. Titled “The cycle of the cockroach”, the film follows a fictional plot about a young woman who has suffered terrible abuse only to find herself in the same psychiatric hospital as her perpetrator. Balthazar fails to find a sponsor for his project but continues to put all he has into realising his vision. As he keeps working away on his film, slowly but surely the borders between reality and fiction start to blur. Matière Grise offers a rare insight into the “burden of survival” after the Rwandan Genocide. Director Kivu Ruhorahoza delivers a captivating account of how deeply the traumatic experiences have shocked the survivors and how they are trying to work through their traumas.

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