A&ERwanda doc depicts one man’s struggle

ETC StaffDecember 6, 2013563 min


A screencap of Don ‘Innocent’ Hatali, the subject of the documentary, Dear Rwanda. COURTESY CHRISTIAN WALLACE
A screencap of Don ‘Innocent’ Hatali, the subject of the documentary, Dear Rwanda. COURTESY CHRISTIAN WALLACE

Chelsea Howard
A&E Reporter

The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema will premiere Humber College second year film students’ final short documentary submissions this Wednesday evening with Humber: The Doc Experience.

Dear Rwanda, one of the documentaries featured, is a social commentary about Don ‘Innocent’ Hatali. a man who survived the Rwanda genocide, but lost his father. Innocent is now a musician writing a song about Rwanda.

Director Christian Wallace, 20, said, “Since pre-production we’ve gone through a lot of work and we’ve really come together as a crew.”

“We had more challenges in post-production,” said production manager Lindsay Roberts. “We had to go to a lot of meetings and make changes to our documentary shots.”

Wallace says that it is everyone’s first time having a short film screened, and that it is a big accomplishment for the crew. “We’re all really excited for the screening, it’s going to be a really big night for us.”

“I’m really looking forward to the screenings,” says Roberts. “I went to the second year film students’ documentary screening last year and ever since then I’ve been looking forward to our own screening. It will be something we will never forget as a crew.”

Ruth Peter-Okoro, the film’s producer, says “I’m looking forward to how people are going to react.”

As soon as the winter semester begins the students go straight into casting for their new project, a studio drama. Students are advised to start having their first cast and call before the winter semester begins.

Wallace says “It’s imperative we know what we’re doing next semester because it allows us to be ready in advance.”

Humber: The Doc Experience is happening Dec. 11 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased for $5 at the door.

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