It’s hard to believe that almost five years ago, five friends started planning for a trip to Rwanda. Our plan was to shoot a documentary in two weeks, spend a month in hard-core editing, and have it ready to watch by the summer of 2005.
I was so naive, in so many ways. I had shot several documentaries by this point, but nothing on this scale. The process has been intense, difficult, and there was more than once that the whole thing almost didn’t happen. But here we are… the film is ready for the world to see on DVD.
You can get your copy here: Hope Rises Store. There is more info and trailers on the website as well as a Facebook fan page.
Thanks for all of your support over the years to get this thing made.
Rwanda: Hope Rises is screening in Toronto at the Bloor Cinema, 7pm Tuesday May 12th. Samputu, who’s music is featured in the film, will be playing before the screening. Come & bring your friends :)
The Edinburgh Evening News reports on a recent screening of Rwanda: Hope Rises.
Although they were happy, Nicholas said his experiences in Edinburgh made him more determined to help other Rwandans rebuild their lives. Elsie was reluctant at first, but eventually agreed.
If you’re out near London, Ontario, head on over to the Wolf Perfomance Hall tonight (Tuesday March 3rd) at 7pm for a screening of Rwanda: Hope Rises. Tickets are $5 at the door.
If you’re in the area and not able to make it, never fear… we’re arranging more screenings to happen soon in Toronto, Ottawa and a few nearby cities.
Rwanda: Hope Rises is on tour, starting with the West Coast. We have dates in Portland, Redding and Langley. We are booking now for dates on our Cross-Canada tour. Check out hoperisesfilm.com for more info, and get in touch if you’re interested in hosting or helping with a screening.
Update: the RSS feed for the news page on hoperisesfilm.com is now working. Subscribe for updates on screenings etc. While you’re at it, you can subscribe to the trevormeier.com RSS feed too! (There are many goodies on the feed that regular site viewers don’t get to see…)
To mark the launch of the Voices for Bulembu campaign, Craig, Jesse and I put together this trailer. It was made with footage from my trip to Bulembu, Swaziland with the Canadian Tenors in August. Click the pic above to view the trailer in web-size (or download from the links below) then go check out their site.
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Canadian Premiere of Rwanda: Hope Rises. We had a great time, and a great turnout, almost selling out the first show. A lot of faces I didn’t recognize, which for me is one of our biggest successes. Everything went well – the excellent venue, a great pre-reception with wine, cheese and mingling, and a beautiful screen to watch the story play out on.
We had great media coverage, which helped with the turnout. Below is a video from local daily 24 Hours:
The film was also covered by the Province, Global TV, and the print version of 24 Hours which has a high readership on the daily commute.
I’ve been laying low, taking it easy over the last couple days. It was an exhausting sprint getting everything ready, but I am immensely satisfied with the result. Big thanks to Kelly, Mike, Chris and the rest of the volunteers, and to Wellspring for hosting the event. This event wouldnt’ve happened without you.
Condition Critical: A beautiful website by MSF on the situation in the Eastern DRC. Video by MediaStorm.
Rwanda: Hope Rises is complete. It will premiere at the Vancity Theatre on November 18th. Screenings are at 7pm & 8:45pm. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and can be purchased online here.