Rwanda today

Rwanda is a dynamic filmmaking community

Rwanda is a modern, friendly, safe, and vibrant country with one of the strongest economies in East Africa.

Many international productions have been filmed here, and actors including Danny Glover, Clive Owen, Sigourney Weaver, Don Cheadle and Jay O. Sanders worked on productions in Rwanda and support the local film industry.

Successful international productions filmed on location in Rwanda with local film crews include: Sometimes in April (2005), Shake Hands with the Devil (2007) and Operation Turquoise (2007).

For a detailed list of films made in Rwanda visit our Filmography.

Geography

Rwanda is a small landlocked nation in East Africa, bordering Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The country is lush, filled with rolling hills and mountainous, breathtaking scenery, and untouched natural beauty waiting to be captured on film. Its majestic mountainous terrain is referred to as the “Switzerland of Africa,” best seen in the northwest of Rwanda near the Virunga Volcanoes.

Known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills,” Rwanda has five volcanoes, 23 lakes, and numerous rivers.

Rwanda is internationally recognized as the best place in the world to track the last remaining mountain gorillas.

For more information about the wide variety of filming locations available in Rwanda visit our Search locations page.

Safe and secure

Peace and security are a top priority of the government and there are many internationals living and working in the country. Rwanda has become an attractive place to visit, do business, and most of all – film. According to the U.S. Government, violent crimes are rarely committed against foreigners. However, as always in a foreign country, remain alert to avoid petty crime, such as pick-pocketing and petty theft.

Find updated U.S. Government information on safety and security in Rwanda.

Agreeable climate

Located close to the equator, high altitudes keep temperatures moderate throughout the year.

There are two rainy seasons (February to April, November to January) and average temperatures range from 16 to 22 degrees Celsius (60 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit).

Visit Wunder Ground to view today’s weather in Rwanda.

Rwanda has talent

Rwanda’s film economy is growing rapidly. From sound technicians to casting directors, the talented members of this industry are friendly and hard working.

To find team members for your next project, search for local film professionals and service support vendors in Search for cast & crew.

Production made easy

According to the World Bank, Rwanda is the second easiest country in Africa to do business. Since 2009, Rwanda has been ranked by Transparency International as the least corrupt country in East Africa.

Zero tolerance of corruption and the ease of starting a business make Rwanda attractive to international investors and entrepreneurs, including those in the film industry.

History

The country is most commonly known for the 1994 genocide, during which an estimated one million people were killed over the course of 100 days. Although it is important to remember this significant event as part of the country’s history, Rwanda’s image is changing.

Since 1994, Rwanda’s progress has been immense. Access to quality education and healthcare has improved. The country’s GDP has increased by over $5 billion, and, in 2011, the World Bank ranked Rwanda’s economy as the second most reformed in the world. Crime rates are low in comparison to other countries in Africa.

Rwanda has transformed into a country where foreigners feel safe and comfortable, working, visiting, and living.

For more information on Rwanda’s history and the 1994 genocide, visit the official website of the Government of Rwanda.