Stories Lived

INANGA Like Father Like Daughter

This short documentary film talks about Sophie Nzayisenga the first female player of the Inanga, a large tough-zither instrument with between 8 and 16 strings. Her father, Thomas Kirusu at a very young age he began to teach Sophie. At age 6 she started to play Inanga and at 7 ,Sophie started to perform in small and big audience in Rwanda and Abroad . She has since embraced the role of the Inanga in traditional Rwandan music locally and internationally.


About the Filmmaker
Submitted by Jean Baptiste Nyabyenda 

Jean Baptiste Nyabyenda is a Rwandese and his educational background is in English, Literature and Education from Mount Kenya University. He has a Diploma in Education combined with French and English from Kigali Institute of Education. He has served DOT Rwanda from 2012 to 2013 and actually he is a DOT alumni intern and used to make videos of facilitation and impact of DOT Programs.
In November 2011, he has received the second prize in short films from Ferasha Films Awards.
He has produced short videos uploaded on YouTube. He has worked with online internet Igihe TV since December 2013 as Sports video producer. He pursued film scriptwriting and directing training with Rwanda Christian film festival in 2013 and Maisha Film Lab from Uganda in July 2014 as well as producing film training with Kwetu film institute in partnership German Cooperation in May 2014. He was the sound operator in short documentary Shine like Shadia 2014. In 2013; he has written a couple of short film scripts such as Saved by passion and this year, he has written a short film The Nyamweru/Albino as well as a short documentary Move on.

In 2015, He produced the short fiction film Girl next door screened in Mashariki African Film Festival February 2016.

In February 2016,he Directed and produced Zura Taekwondo fighter and in March 2016 he Directed From Far.