Rising Rwanda is a documentary project that intertwines photography, video and in-depth interviews to tell a story of identity and culture in a post-genocidal Rwanda. The project was designed to capture the visual and aural narratives of 35 children, ranging in age from six to fifteen, in an effort to understand and define the underlying tone of the first post-genocide generation in Rwanda. The children, who were representative of multiple social and economic backgrounds, were asked to draw pictures that portrayed them engaging in an activity with someone they respect. The drawings helped to create the space for the interviews, conducted with the help of a local translator, that examine the content and meaning of their pictures and their perception of self, community, and nation.
Here are the stories they asked us to share with you.