Rwandan filmmaker Marie Clementine Dusabejambo, is continuously producing stories that unearth and tackle prominent issues faced by society.
Her latest and recently premiered short film titled Icyasha, further cements her reputation as one out of a few local directors carving out a career in film.
Her film A Place for Myself tells the story of Erica, a child who suffers from discrimination due to being an albino.
Dusabejambo is a self-taught filmmaker and an engineer in electronics and telecommunications. She looks at gender conflict in African societies.
Icyasha stars Emanue Mugisha, Jacky Umubyeyi and Abdoul Nzeyimana as the lead cast. The film is Dusabejambo’s fourth short film, by IYUGI production.
It tells a story of a twelve-year-old boy who lives in a village. He faces discrimination and bullying because he is effeminate, literary known as Cyabakobwa in Ikinyarwanda.
The boy is passionate about football, but it too becomes an ordeal as he is not given a chance to play in the community team. He embarks on a mission to prove to his peers that he is no different from them. The film ends with the boy committing suicide and his body recovered from the village swamp.
The film takes place in the countryside and shows what daily life is like especially for children.
The film Icyasha further cements Dusabejambo as one of Rwanda’s leading young filmmakers.
In recent years, Dusabejambo’s films have been featured in local and international festivals and even on television, where they have not only been screened, but also earned her several awards.
Lyiza, her 2012 short film was awarded the Cinit Award at the Milano Festival, and then a Bronze Tanit in JCC 2012 in Tunisia. Behind the World won the Jury prize at 2014 Cine Sud Festival.
A Place For Myself won 18 awards including the Prestigious Thoma Sanka prize in the 2017 FESPACO; the Ousmane Sembene Award and Golden Dhow in the 2016 Zanzibar International Film Festival; Tunisia’s Bronze Tanit in JCC 2016 and the Efere Ozako Award during the 2017 AMAA Awards.