A soon-to-be released Rwandan film called “Tuzibanira” Part II, has already started causing a stir in the public even before its official launch, the furor mainly arising over concerns that it may contain scenes of obscenity and nudity. Why the uproar? Rwandan movie producers have not been able to fully capture the local audience mainly because the actors seem too amateurish on stage and/or the shooting and editing are shoddily done, and that seems not enough to entice film lovers to flock for the locally produced pictures.
Local movie producers have long played along the oblivion lines of the public, deeply embedded in the cultural beliefs that such scenes as kissing or fondling can never be displayed in local films, but that seems to be becoming a thing of the past. With the demand for local production materials steeply increasing at an alarming rate, the desire to satisfy that demand is equally up surging.
“Tuzibanira,” which features kingpin VD Frank, premieres 10th September and has been rated +18. Apart from photographs from shooting locations which show actors kissing and lustily ogling at one another, the cover itself maybe hintingly self-explanatory as far the film’s theme is concerned. But the trend in production for the last couple of years has greatly changed and so has the demand for local productions. And a lack of proper adjustment and adaptation to the changing times, style and fashion would be pure lethargy to the industry.