Grants & Awards


– by Alrick Brown

    1. Fiction

    2. Date Awarded: Summer 2010

    3. Directors(s): Alrick Brown

    1. Producer(s): Darren Dean, Tommy Oliver, Ishmael Ntihabose (EP)

    2. Location: Rwanda

    1. Film Status: Completed

    2. URL: » Kinyarwanda site

    3. Distribution: AFFRM, Breaking Glass Pictures

About the Film:

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, as the country became a slaughterhouse, mosques became places of refuge where Muslims, Christians, Hutus and Tutsis came together to protect each other. Inspired by true stories, Kinyarwanda interweaves six tales that provide a complex and real depiction of life and human resilience in the face of unimaginable danger.

About the Filmmakers:

Alrick Brown (Director) – Alrick has a MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. A filmmaker and teacher, he has found his calling writing, directing, and producing narrative films and documentaries often focusing on social issues affecting the world at large. His collective work has screened in over forty film festivals both national and international while receiving numerous awards. Kinyarwanda marks Brown’s feature directorial debut.

Darren Dean (Producer) – Darren came to film late in life, writing, directing and producing the award-winning short, Sleep Over. He followed that up as Co-Writer and Producer of Prince of Broadway, which has won 18 prestigious awards internationally to date. Dean, also a respected journalist, is currently in pre-production as writer/producer on the big screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s A Contract with God.

Tommy Oliver (Producer) – Tommy began his filmmaking career during his junior year at Carnegie Mellon University resulting in the indie film Sofia for Now. After college, Tommy co-founded film production company Black Squirrel Films where he produced several award winning shorts, commercials and the feature film Blank. He is currently in pre-production on the big screen adaptation of Will Eisner’s A Contract with God.

Ishmael Ntihabose (Executive Producer) – Ishmael is a Rwandan born filmmaker who after working on Sometimes in April, Shooting Dogs and Shake Hands with the Devil as an assistant, decided that he was ready to step out on his own. As Executive Producer, he brought together a team of international filmmakers to bring his first feature film, Kinyarwanda, to life.

Festival & Award Highlights:

Sundance 2011 – World Premiere; World Dramatic Competition Audience Award
Starz Denver 2011 – Audience Award
Skip City 2011 – Grand Prize, Sony DCinema Award
Heartland 2011 – Crystal Heart Award
AFI Festival 2011 – World Cinema, Audience Award