New IRIBA centre for Rwanda's multimedia heritage

In 2010, Assumpta Mugiraneza and film-maker Anne Aghion visited the famous BOPHANA Audiovisual Resource Center in Cambodia, established by renowned Franco-Cambodian filmmaker, Rithy Pahn. Upon their return to Rwanda, the two started to search for key material for a similar centre for multimedia heritage. Prior to the trip to Cambodia, the two women had collaborated in several films that Aghion shot in Rwanda in over ten years. Most of her works were about the emotional impact of the post-genocide justice and social reconstruction process.

One of her feature films, My Neighbour, My Killer, screened in the official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and continues to be shown around the world.

This decade-long collaboration and the experience of the Cambodia trip eventually gave rise to the IRIBA Centre for Multimedia Heritage, in Kigali.

[source: The Sunday Times, Kigali, Rwanda - accessed 27 April 2014]

The Iriba Centre, whose name means “the source,” will gather films, photographs and audio recordings dating from the start of colonial rule in East Africa, more than a century ago, to the present day.