In Cinemas March 31

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Juvens Ntampuhwena Unit Manager for 'Shooting Dogs'

'After Sometimes in April, Shooting Dogs was another experience for the Rwandan movie industry. Rwandan crew members were fully involved in the entire process. Many of us held positions of responsibility such as Casting Director, Unit manager etc. We had opportunity to sit in the management meetings, not just as observers but as advisors and decision makers. The producers and our fellow crew members from the UK, Australia and Germany paid particular attention to our comments and valued our opinions.

The film shooting was a tough yet wonderful experience. There was a good work environment with a lot of cooperation and mutual respect. There was no distinction between local and expatriate team members. Every crew member was as important. We all helped each other; we did it as a real team. “Together Everyone Achieved More”. We did a tough and tremendous job. We worked very seriously, yet there were occasions for fun.

One morning I bet with David Belton the Producer about what time the sun would rise and I ended up taking his 1000 francs! Crispin Buxton the Location Manager managed to keep a smile on his face throughout; Drew Wood the Line Producer managed to smile at least once a day.

We celebrated crew member’s birthdays, we had good times together and everything happened much faster than expected.

I haven’t yet had chance to watch the film… looking back to the scenes, I strongly believe the comments of those who had chance to watch it before me are genuine. '

-Juvens NTAMPUHWE, Unit Manager


At 4:23 AM, Anonymous david belton said...

Yes, it's true - Juvens took a 1000 francs off me (that's $1 by the way) but I always suspected he had rung the airport to get an exact time for the sunrise...but I never got proof!
we're all looking forward to returning to Kigali in March to show the film at the Amahoro Stadium for all the cast and crew.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger warresson said...

As a filmmaker, I congratulate you on finishing your film. As a filmgoer I’ve seen each film that talks about 1994 Rwanda, and so far its been the same theme: blame “the hutu’s for everything”, “the “Hutus hate the Tutsi”, “the Hutu caused the genocide”, “the Tutsi were innocent victims”. Its because of John Hurt work that I will see this film, but I have to ask if this film going to be another one that makes the Hutus the villains and the Tutsi's the victims? I know many Rwanda Hutus that lost family members to Kagame’s army, they weren't militia or Rwandan army. Kagames army killed 40,000 Hutu’s and not one film says anything about it..

Many of us pray that this film puts blame on both sides of the fence and isn't another film that stereotypes the Hutu further as "the killers"... And who ever made the post that Kagame is respected in African needs to really take off the tinted glasses and talk to the people living in Eastern Congo...Thank you for allowing me to post here and I will see the film with an open mind.


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