Kigali nestles in the heart of Rwanda, functioning as the political and commercial center of the country. With more than one million inhabitants, the city is built on several hills and valleys, which has warned it the nickname “the Hilly City.” With the first cinema having opened in 2013, many independent institutions and organizations took the initiative to organize movie nights every week to recognize the importance of Kigali’s art scene.
Goethe-Institut, a German non-profit cultural association, has a strong presence in the capital of Rwanda. Located in the Kacyiru district, and in collaboration with local organizations such as the Kwetu Film Institute, Goethe-Institute brings to Kigali the most notable fictional films and documentaries, promoting German productions but also supporting local cinematographers. Open to the public, the selected movies usually touch upon social and human rights issues. The screenings are organised on a regular basis, usually on Tuesday nights, and are announced through their social media accounts.
Goethe Institut, 2 KN 27 Street,Kigali, Rwanda, +250 784 950 744
Kwetu Film Institute is located in Gacuriro and has been, since 2003, one of the first organizations offering professional training to young artists and promoting cinematography in Kigali. The institute functions as an educational hub and center for cultural expression while occasionally transforms its café, the Café Hillywood located in the first floor of the building, into a screening space. The Film Institute is also one of the partners of the Rwanda Film Festival, Hillywood, with screenings hosted at its space during the time of the festival.
Kwetu Film Institute, KG 383 Street, Kigali, Rwanda, +250 783 773 953