Ramadhan Shami Bizimana
Set in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, this radiantly self-referential film-within-a-film describes the vision and trials of a determined filmmaker named Balthazar, as he tries to produce his first feature film entitled "The Cycle of the Cockroach". The trenchant drama?about a brother and sister dealing with the aftermath of genocide?finds no support from agencies only interested in funding upbeat policy-friendly films. As Balthazar borrows recklessly from a loan shark and the Cycle plays out on the screen, the film subtly measures the horror and systematic madness of events hardly unique to Rwanda, while offering bracing insight into the nature of political violence. GREY MATTER (MATIERE GRISE) is presented in French and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles. This film is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative.