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September 14, 2010 , , , , , , , , , ,

Olivier Uwayezu is a Rwandan Filmmaker. When the Rwandan genocide took place, Olivier was 8 years old. Olivier has committed himself to documenting and preserving the history of that tragic chapter in his country’s history. His first film was called “1994 history” – he recorded 54 hours of personal testimonies from soldiers and genocide survivors.

Olivier continues to document story of the Rwandan Genocide. His latest film “The power of Gacaca” is along those lines.


The Gacaca court pronounced as “Gatchatcha” is part of a system of community justice inspired by tradition and established in 2001 in Rwanda, in the wake of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, when between 800,000 and 1,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Tutsi, were slaughtered. The “mission” of this system is to achieve Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation. It aims to promote community healing by making the punishment of perpetrators faster and less expensive to the state. This is a great achievement of Gacaca courts, was done in 9 years instead of over 200 years.

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Link TV’s ViewChange online film contest consists of powerful five-minute films that tell stories of progress in developing countries. It is an effort to share with the rest of the world how nations are working, through the efforts of individuals and organizations to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Three of Olivier’s films are featured in the contest under the following categories – Leadership and Governance (The Power of Gacaca), Innovation (The time comes to me) and Sustainability (Death Ended). He made those films in a very short time period, during the Rwandan elections when mobility and access was a bit restricted. His films are currently in 2nd, 3rd and 2nd place in their respective categories. First place in each category gets a prize money of $5000 and valued recognition for a filmmaker.

In his words, “I’ve ambition to tell the world what I think and I dream to change the world through anything practical. It is too hard, tough and difficult.” The prize money is a valuable gift for Olivier and will be instrumental in helping him tell stories of practical things that change the world.

The category prizes are driven by public voting. Social media and interactive internet helps each one of us to play a significant role in fulfilling the dreams of a filmmaker from a nation far away. That is powerful. Once again watch the film and VOTE for Olivier, if you feel moved by his film.

The synopsis of his other films in the contest are:


In 2003 there was a launch of a program known as “Community health insurance.” For enabling a citizen to be treated and get medicines, each person in the whole family pays 2 dollars for the whole year. The amount was set for helping even the poorest to get chance of being treated and get medicines. The citizen pays only 15% and 85% of the amount to be paid is cleared by “community health insurance”,


Girinka program (One cow per poor Family) was inspired by the Rwandan culture and initiated by the President of the Republic of Rwanda in 2006. Beneficiaries (people that are given cows): Historically Marginalized People who are very poor; Disabled people (people living with some disabilities who are very poor; Elderly people who are very poor. This program is implemented in two ways Girinka ingabirano (donation): a poor family receives a cow free of charge. When the cow calves, the calf is given to the neighbor who keeps it and gives the next calf to the next neighbor and so on. The second way is called credit revolving scheme. The second way is loan an average family gets a bank loan to buy a cow.

Update on Olivier’s films.

All of Olivier’s films were placed in the first place in their respective categories and have moved to the final round.


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To of Olivier’s films have moved to the first place. Power of the collective effort. Thank you all who took the time to go to link TV, watch his films and Vote.


September 15, 2010

we are together!

Sangwa Terry

September 15, 2010

Congratulations Olivier. He is placed first in all the three categories that he submitted films in.
Awesome job!


September 16, 2010

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