Dog Day Afternoon (Rwanda, 2019)

While the killing raged on in Rwanda in 1994, the O.J. Simpson case dominated the airwaves. 'Dog Day Afternoon' is a low production re-enactment of the 1994 Bronco chase in which O.J. Simpson led police in a low speed chase on a Los Angeles freeway.

Tom Bogaert filmed ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ from the back of a moto-taxi in Kigali, Rwanda in February/March 2019.

  • Tom Bogaert
    pepsi, cola, water?
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    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 17, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    350 USD
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Director Biography - Tom Bogaert

Between 1996 and 1997 Tom Bogaert documented the aftermath of the Rwanda genocide on behalf of the UN in Burundi and DRCongo. He stopped practicing international law in 2004 and moved to NYC to pursue a career as an artist.

He made his visual arts debut with ‘This is Rwanda’, a short experimental video in which he embedded footage of the genocide into the interface of a computer game. The film had its world premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

‘This is Rwanda’ evolved into an ongoing project that examines a response to the genocide that exceeds the rationality of official state- and multilateral organizations. At the time of writing, ‘This is Rwanda’ consists of video, sculpture, sound, and performance.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversaries of respectively the genocide in Rwanda and the O.J. Simpson case, Bogaert was artist-in-residence at Ivuka Arts in Kigali in February/March 2019. Through video and installation, the artist explores the Relativity of Simultaneity: the concept that distant simultaneity – whether two spatially separated events occur at the same time – is not absolute, but depends on the observer’s reference frame.

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Director Statement

The project takes its name from the American crime drama film ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ about a bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. The title was mentioned by one of the reporters during the life broadcast of the O.J. Simpson chase and I use the soundtrack of the original Bronco chase for the 2019 remake.