Kinoteka Opening Night: Birds Are Singing In Kigali
+ discussion with director Joanna Kos-Krauze
Ptaki spiewaja w Kigali
In this compelling film, a woman returns to Poland with her Tutsi colleague as they both struggle to heal emotional wounds.
Dirs Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
With Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire, Witold Wielinski
Beautifully nuanced performances give authenticity to this extraordinary award-winning film, a hit at the BFI London Film Festival 2017. Ornithologist Anna (Budnik, a familiar face in Kos-Krauze’s work) returns to Poland with her Tutsi colleague (Umuhire) after the massacres in Rwanda in 1994. As each strives to adjust, we witness the complexity of emotion that people and society employ when recovering from unspeakable trauma. This is a compelling, universal story speaking to core human values, told with sensitivity, and unafraid of the power of silence.
Screening is part of 16th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival in London (7-29 March, kinoteka.org.uk).