Jo Ingabire Moys’ BAFTA nominated BAZIGAGA draws from her own experience of surviving the Genocide in Rwanda

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Jo Ingabire Moys’ BAZIGAGA is inspired by Zula Karuhimbi’s life as a Rwandan traditional healer. During the 1994 Genocide, she risked her life to protect hundreds of Tutsis by convincing their hunters of her dark powers as a witch doctor. In this story, BAZIGAGA takes in her rival the local pastor and his injured child, who look to her for protection. This inspirational short has received a BAFTA nomination.

1994, Rwanda. As the genocide rages, Karambe, a Tutsi pastor takes shelter with his young daughter in the home of the feared shaman Bazigaga. Under siege by the militia, the pastor and the witchdoctor must reconcile their differences if they are to survive.

Writer and director Jo Ingabire Moys was born in Rwanda and lost most of her family to the Genocide. After moving to the UK at the age of 14, Jo began her film career with a writing commission for an independent project before working as an editor/consultant and later moving into production. This talented director is a co-founder of the Ishami Foundation, a charity that fights discrimination against refugees and immigrants. BAZIGAGA is her directorial debut.

This timely short has been produced by Boris Mendza (Uncorked, My Old Lady), Valentin Leblanc, Delphine Duez and Stephanie Charmail. Featuring rising star Eliane Umuhire, shot by French cinematographer Thomas Bremond and with a score by the talented Audrey Ismael.

BAZIGAGA premiered at Rhode Island International Film Festival and Angouleme in France. This live action short film will soon screen at Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, Leeds International Film Festival and Namur International Film Festival.

The BAFTA ceremony will be held on Sunday the 19th of February.