KUMVA – Which Comes from Silence

Winner > Best Feature Documentary
I return to Rwanda, the land of my childhood. Kumva wanders through the memories of men and women who experienced the 1994 Tutsi genocide as young children. Their failing memory of a childhood lost collides with that of their parents, who have kept their silence for too long. Kumva explores the theme of memory building, giving form to the dead and building a bridge between the past and the present.
Director Biography – Sarah Mallégol
Following her film studies, Sarah Mallégol worked for several years as a programmer with festivals and art venues (Festival des Cinémas Différents de Paris, Cinémathèque de Tanger, Khiasma, Festival Côté Court, Ateliers Médicis), also supporting artists and filmmakers on their projects, both in the field of image and production. In 2016, she joined the documentary Master’s program at the Fémis to develop her documentary film “Kumva”. In 2020, she co-directed “Sakina”, a medium-length documentary (Festival Côté Court 2020).