Wale Ojo to Star in Pan-African Drama on 1994 Rwandan Genocide
History is set to repeat itself as award-winning actor Wale Ojo will be starring in the compelling pan-African drama “Bisesero: A Daughter’s Story.” He will be joined by Ugandan actress Tracy Kababiito and Rwandan actress Isabelle Kabano.
The production is set to be the first major feature, told by Africans, that highlights the tragic events of the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. As recalled by the history books, over 800,000 people belonging to the Tutsi tribe were ruthlessly killed by Hutu militia forces over the course of 100 days between April and July 1994.
“Bisesero: A Daughter’s Story” will recount the never-before-seen story of the Bisesero Resistance, a local movement that consisted of Tutsi combatants who bravely fought against the Hutu attackers.
Ojo will take on the principal role of Aminadabu Birara, a Tutsi elder who leads the Bisesero Resistance. Kababiito will play Birara’s daughter Epiphaine who fights for her people alongside her father.
The film will be directed by Nigerian filmmaker Ema Edosio-Deelen. She also serves as a writer for the project alongside Rwandan director and screenwriter Joel Karekezi. Edosio–Deelen’s film credits include “Otiti,” “Kasala!,” and “The Governor.” Karekezi rose to prominence thanks to the 2018 drama “The Mercy of the Jungle.” The film earned him the Golden Stallion award for Best Film at the Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).
Emmy winner, Richard Hall, Karekazi, and Yvette Rugasaguhunga serve as producers for “Bisesero: A Daughter’s Story.”