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ACQUISITION The road to Sundance Film Festival with Kivu Ruhorahoza T hings of the Aimless Wanderer, the latest feature from Rwandese filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza (Grey Matter) is a beautifully crafted narrative about paranoia, mistrust and misunderstandings. Premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, audiences can expect an arresting film that reveals a series of cryptic and loosely connected narrative shards exploring the delicate relationship between ‘Westerners’ and ‘local Africans’. Sundance had not been an initial target when Moon Road Films began developing the film according to Ruhorahoza, who wrote, directed and produced the feature. “By the time we’d begun work on the edit, the ‘early bird’ deadline for feature film submissions had already passed us, and so it was a long shot when we decided to submit it two hours before the final deadline closed.” A big fan of auteur features, Ruhorahoza typically loves films that are poetic and cinematic objects, with strong political and philosophical statements. “For Things of the Aimless Wanderer, it felt natural to tell the tragic story of a woman’s disappearance from three different perspectives. A deep rooted mistrust and suspicion, the result of many years of violence, leaves our characters unable to communicate with one another. “Being entirely self funded, my budget wasn’t substantial, however I knew that renting equipment wasn’t going to be an option. Quite simply, there aren’t any rental houses in Kigali, Rwanda, which meant I had to buy the entire camera department. My priorities were uncompressed RAW, for 72 | KITPLUS - TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 98 FEBRUARY 2015