Life After Death // Ep. 5 – Kwasa’s Other Texas Parents

 

Part 5 of 12

From the filmmaker, Joe Callander:

“I had a lot of fun filming with Tim and Susan. They are wonderful people, who finally got to meet Kwasa a year or so after we wrapped production on this film. Besides introducing Tim and Susan, my intent with this sequence was also to illuminate the stark contrast between average American life and average Rwandan life. Even the middle class in America lives an order of magnitude more comfortably than just about every other person who’s ever lived throughout all human history. It’s so strange to me that some of us are born into safety and comfort, and some of us are born into murder and chaos. It seems remarkably random and cruel.

For this reason, the scene of Kwasa alone in his new room making a wall collage of his vision of America is one of the most heartbreaking scenes for me. While we were filming, my translator had to run out on an errand, so this was one of the few moments I happened to find myself filming alone with Kwasa. Without any fellow Rwandans to put a show on for, he was calm, quiet, and focused on his project. This was a side of Kwasa I rarely witnessed during all of my time with him. It left quite an impression on me.”

 

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