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by Kivu Ruhorahoza


The Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza decides to film his new movie, A Tree Has Fallen, in London. It is to be a stylish drama about Simon, a mysterious Nigerian man (Oris Erhuero), who returns to London to make amends with Anna, his mixed-race lover (Lisa Moorish) and Bruce, Anna’s white ex-husband (Matt Ray Brown). Progressively, this love triangle mirrors the increasing social and racial tensions in Great Britain and Europe. In parallel to his narrative fiction, Kivu documents these tensions by filming a series of rallies in the streets of London. But inevitably, the ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy of the ruling Conservative Party comes back to haunt the reunited lovers and to disrupt Kivu’s filmmaking effort. Sensing that his London stay is coming to a forced end, Kivu attends a far right protest to try and understand the rising xenophobia of the Brits and of his character Bruce.

international title: Europa, "Based on a True Story"
original title: Europa, "Based on a True Story"
country: United Kingdom, Rwanda, Switzerland
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Kivu Ruhorahoza
film run: 93'
screenplay: Kivu Ruhorahoza
cinematography by: Rory Skeoch
film editing: Antonio Rui Ribeiro, Kivu Ruhorahoza
music: Jim Wallis
producer: Kivu Ruhorahoza, Antonio Rui Ribeiro
co-producer: Rhea Plangg, Simone Späni
executive producer: MaryEllen Higgins
associate producer: Suzy Gillett, Julie McArthur
line producer: Samantha Gottlieb
production: Moon Road Films, Cocoon Productions, PW Films (RW)

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