In this moving journey through trauma and mourning, the theme of Rwandan genocide resounds in two intimate portraits of women; it is cinema that, reflecting historical reality, touches on the most profound human experiences: the inevitability of death and the need for rebirth. The cinematography of Krzysztof Ptak (1954-2016), Józefina Gocman, and Wojciech Staroń evocatively establish the film's emotional aura, painting the screen with cool blues and earthy browns. Images of vultures devouring carcasses-life feeding on death-provide the visual refrain in a story that pierces right to the bone. A Polish ornithologist named Anna (Jowita Budnik), studying birds in Rwanda, manages to escape when the genocide begins. She takes Claudine (Eliane Umuhire), the daughter of a murdered co-worker, with her. The nightmare they experience isolates them from the world and one another, provoking conflicts and shocks. But pain is also the beginning of the long road to life after loss.
Locarno IFF 2016 - First Look Award; Karlovy Vary IFF 2017 - Best Actress
Until Krzysztof Krauze's death (1953-2014), he and Joanna Kos Krauze (born in 1972) were a couple-directors, screenwriters, and producers-who, over two decades, worked together on numerous original, award-winning films, such as My Nikifor (2004), Saviour Square (2005), and Doll (2013). They also worked together on Birds Are Singing in Kigali, which resulted from their experiences on a trip to South Africa and Rwanda. Krzysztof died during the making of the film; it was completed by Joanna.
2004 Mój Nikifor/My Nikifor
2006 Plac Zbawiciela / Savior Square
2017 Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali / Birds are singing in Kigali