As a creative using our platform, Ndimbira Claudine Shenge took some time to answer a couple of questions, and show you why you should support her project. Please click here to read more about the project.
I became a filmmaker by accident. I am thankful because that was a good accident. I remember when I was young I was not able to communicate even if I had what I wanted to share but I didn’t know how. The moment that I started to write songs my eyes got opened, that was a new form of commucation for me.
I tried to join a music school in Rwanda but in vain, luckily a film school was recently opened in Rwanda. I decided to join that one for the sake of being a true story teller, that’s how I fell in love of storytelling. I do filmmaking because it helps me to share stories visually worldwide. The films that I do helps the voiceless to have a voice, I give them mine as a filmmaker to use it. That’s the beauty in it, knowing that what I do matters and it can make a positive change in the society.
Tell us about this project and why you would like to do it ?
The LGBTQ community in Rwanda faces so many issues. It hurts to see people living like shadows without the right of being who they really are. The fact that none even wants to talk about it make me wonder how we call ourselves humans even if we don’t show humanity.
I want to make this film to shed light on that issue so that it can start a conversation. People fear what they don’t understand or what they refuse to understand but at the end of the day the solution is to talk about it and react positively.
What do you wish to accomplish with it?
With this project “Living like a shadow” I want to give the voice to LGBTQ community members in Rwanda to tell their stories, what they have been through, what they wish their lives could be but also to the society so that they say what is the reason why they think being gay is a problem to them.
Through the film I want especially the Rwandan audience to hear those stories; they may have never even heard how hard it could be not being accepted with the society due to who you are. I want this film to start a change in the society regarding how they treat LGBTQ community members in Rwanda.
Why should people support you?
I believe that making this film will help a lot of people in general. We need to live in this world peacefully and with equal rights. On my own there is so little that I can do, but with the help of everyone this film can be made for the good cause. I need any help that I can get to be able to accomplish this project.