Winner of the Sundance World Cinema Audience Award for Best Drama and recipient of the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Film Festival, “Kinyarwanda” is a film we are truly honored to present.

Shot on location in Rwanda with native Rwandans, many of them survivors of the events portrayed, “Kinyarwanda” takes us through events before, during and after the genocide of 1994. Director and Screenwriter Alrick Brown uses a fractured chronology to great effect, deepening our understanding of events and of the wonderful characters themselves, as we revisit them.

“Kinyarwanda” is a powerful – and at times devastating – film, but as Director Alrick Brown has said, this is not a film about death and violence, it’s a film about life, about the choices we make and the power of unflinching forgiveness. As Robert Ebert so rightly states in his review, “Here is a powerful film.”

For more about this incredible film, do check out the Kinyarwanda official site and click below for the official trailer.



The show’s about to begin…

The selections have been made, the letters have gone out and we couldn’t be more excited about the diverse and unique program of films coming soon to this year’s YESFest. With 11 features and 9 shorts, we’ve got a lot of movie to pack in to our three days – though for all you completists, we have made sure that it is physically and mathematically possible to view all of them over the long weekend.

[Breakfast and lunch will be available at the Cinema Cafe for those that want to take on the full YESFest marathon, and it’s not considered cheating to grab that extra iced tea for the final screening of the day.]

Keep tuned to this blog over the coming days and weeks for trailers, teasers, galleries,  synopses and even exclusive interviews with the filmmakers of 2012’s YESFilms.

In the meanwhile, let’s start things off right with a trailer from “All She Can,” an official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, produced by Columbus native (and independent film powerhouse) Susan Kirr. Enjoy!