A story of triumph, survival,hope, and a lesson in how to forgive and live, through the eyes of a mother whose grief gives hope and a lesson in how to forgive and live; an artist who chose to forgive rather than seek revenge. A group of young mean and women whose determination and hard work has given the Rwandan culture a new dimension of Identity and celebration. Through these characters and others, we bear witness to how the nation rose above the ashes of a horrific 1994, to become a world model of post-conflict peace and unity.
Shirley NealWriterWriter, co-writer
Kari GahigaProducerassociate producer / executive producer
Eric KaberaProducerexecutive producer
Shirley NealProducerexecutive producer
Inganzo NgariKey Cast"Traditional dancer"Traditional dancing
Project Type:Documentary, Student
Runtime:1 hour 6 minutes 26 seconds
Completion Date:November 15, 2023
Production Budget:260,000 USD
Country of Origin:Rwanda
Country of Filming:Rwanda
Acclaimed East African filmmaker from Rwanda, film Producer/ Driector and educator; Eric Kabera has a track record of over 25 years in the business of film and Tv. He produced the first feature film on the Genocide against the Tutsi, the film 100 Days that inspired movies such as Hotel Rwanda, HBO movie Some times in April and many others to which he assisted for their making, Eric is known as The Godfather of the Rwandan film industry commonly known as Hillywood, the name that was coined by Mr Kabera.
He is the founder of the first and leading film and television school in Rwanda. He also founded HILLYWOOD, currently known as the acronym of the Rwandan film industry.
Mr Kabera is an advocate of positive Pan African story telling. Among his friends supporters and advisors on this mission include, Jon Turteltaub ( director/ Producer of National Treasure and Cool Running, The Meg, Last Vegas,
Danny Glover; Lethal Weapon...), Alfre Woodard, (Color Purple...) , Wynn, Thomas ( film designer of: Do the right thing, Malcom X, King Richard...) Eric work has been featured in many media outlets such as the BBC, CNN, LA tomes and others.
Eric does collaborate with the USC Shoah Foundation founded by Steven Spielberg on the quest of telling the story of Genocide to the world and especially to younger generation.
John Bailey former President of the Academy, (The Oscars) and many others are included among the people who support and advise Eric Kabera on his mission.
Below are some of his acclaimed films that include:
Keepers of Memory
Through my Eyes
A quarter Century
The woman in Me
Eric Kabera and his institute have produced more than 50’films that include feature films, documentaries, shorts, annimation and experimental.
Eric’a work has been presented at the United Nations in New York and he has also been invited to speak at a side event during the UN general assembly on the issues and solutions of the Millenium development goals and The Sustainable development goals within the perspective of the African continent.
Eric Kabera is on a mission to continue telling positive African and human stories to the world.
This not a film about women only, it is also a film about me, the story’s bearer.
The woman in me is also the reflection of my mother and the story of my sister,’these brave women’ whose stories can be reflected through the voices and faces of the men and women I did interview over the course of this film.
This documentary film reflect as well the journey of the Rwandan woman, the one whose story is rarely brought forward on screen.
Needles to say that I am married to a preacher, Apostle Mignonne Kabera and I am known today as the preacher’s husband.
Together we have 3 beautiful children, Emika, Ericka and Caleb.
The two girls have also been the bosses of the house and they also don’t agree with the title of my new film or reflection.
They don’t understand yet that I am the product of the amazing women who have shaped my life. My mother Immaculee and also my sister Murekatete, who paid for the rest of my high school after the passing of my mother. My father was busy trying to figure out how to raise more than 26 children he produced.
For me, 3 children are a Kilimanjaro mountain to climb, I don’t know how my father managed the +20 kids
In my documentary, I don’t speak of my father or dwell on my mother but rather just focus on the women whose stories were captured by my camera.
The inspiration of the making of this documentary is also the story of Rwanda’s women emancipation program, a political strategy to empower women as to have a fairer and equitable role for women in the new Rwanda and Africa.
The above title reflects the powerful women, statements and testimonies we were graced to have from these exceptional women whose role and journey in our society are simply inspiring.
Welcome to the woman in me, welcome to the story of mankind through the eyes of these exceptional women.