Birds are singing in Kigali

Release date: 22-09-2017
Director: Joanna Kos- Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze

written & directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze directors of photography Krzysztof Ptak PSC, Józefina Gocman, Wojciech Staroń PSC production & costume design by Agnieszka Zawadowska, Claudine Murenzi make-up by Joel Echallier, Agnieszka Echallier, Joanna Bocheńska sound by Jarosław Bajdowski, Artur Kuczkowski, Zofia Moruś edited by Katarzyna Leśniak producer Joanna Kos-Krauze produced by Joanna Kos-Krauze KOSFILM, ul. Paavo Nurmiego 79, 03-289 Warsaw, Poland, tel. +48 501 257 019 co-produced by Telewizja Polska – Agencja Produkcji Telewizyjnej i Filmowej, The National Centre for Culture, Odra-Film (Lower Silesian Film Competition), Studio A executive producer Joanna Kos-Krauze production manager Aleksandra Bielska co-financed by The Polish Film Institute distribution in Poland Kino Świat

cast Jowita Budnik, Eliane Umuhire, Witold Wieliński

colour, 112′

Poland 2017


Poland’s first film about refugees. Beginning in 1994, in the days immediately preceding the beginning of genocide, and ending in 1997, the film tells the story of a Polish ornithologist researching the decline in the population of vultures in Rwanda. When the genocide begins, she – somewhat accidentally – saves the life of a young Rwandan girl, the daughter of her Tutsi co-worker. She brings her to Poland. But after arriving in Poland, the two women are distraught and incapable of leading a normal routine life. They try desperately to get past their horrific experience. A story about friendship, forgiveness, and the power of nature.