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What gives you the right to tell a story?
How do we understand a story so different from our own?

Rwandan artist Kiki Gatese creates the Festival Arts Azimut – an arts festival aimed at ‘re-humanizing’ Rwanda. In 2009, she invites the Canadian play “Goodness”. “Goodness” is a play about genocide. Rwanda knows a thing or two about genocide.

Made by the artists themselves, “Goodness in Rwanda” is a documentary about how we tell stories, and how we ask the hardest questions. What begins as a search for meaning and connection, becomes a journey into unexplained evil, the simplicity of goodness, and the reality of forgiveness.

10 Canadians toured to Africa to make a difference with art.
What mattered most was their humanity.

  • Winner Best Documentary

    Thin Line Film Festival (Denton Texas)

  • Winner Audience Choice Award

    Reelworld 2013 (Toronto Ontario)

  • Official Selection

    Edmonton International Film Festival 2013 (Edmonton Alberta)


  • 26 Shooting days
  • 250 Crowdfunders
  • 19862 Miles travelled
  • 52 Random acts of Goodness

Support the film

The film is being self-released in theatrical, community, and educational venues. 
DVD and Online release of the film is scheduled for Fall 2014. We hope you will help us share the film with your friends and family.

If you have ideas for screenings that could benefit community or charitable organizations, please send them our way at:

We’ve been blessed to have so much support from our crowdfunders (Team GiR) and our community in the making of this film, and we look forward to sharing it with you through the coming months.


We had no idea at the start of this journey that our art would become the conduit for our connection with the Rwandans. First, we had to shed our assumptions about Africa, art, genocide, and forgiveness. The reality altered the exchange, and started a new conversation. We ended up facing ourselves and realising, the electricity that powered the connection was our shared humanity. We want to start a conversation about how we tell stories, how we break down barriers between different cultures and people, and how we can create a dialogue despite our differences.

Here’s how you can get involved:

1) Goodness in Action
In 2013, we raised finishing funds on Indiegogo by doing random acts of kindness for strangers, and it caught on amongst our supporters. In April 2014, Rwanda itself launched a Global Umuganda. ‘Umuganda’ means ‘coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome’. We want to continue on in this tradition by showing love and supporting those of you out there who are already doing it. Maybe you’re inspired to clean your local streets and parks, maybe you make a meal or hold the door for someone. It all creates community and nurtures a connection between humans. These small acts of goodness ~ can add up to a movement.

What are your acts of goodness?
Tweet us @ GiRdocumentary #powerofgoodness
Tell us on Facebook @ GoodnessInRwandaDocumentary
Show us on Instagram @ GoodnessInRwandaMovie
2) Art in Action
We’re looking for companies or artists using the arts to promote dialogue that advocates for change in the community locally or globally. Contribute your stories and we will share them in our blog as we build goodness in communities.

Who inspires you?
Who is doing this work?
Do you have a project to share?
3) Community in Action
We’re aware that this film is just one story, but it is also the catalyst to create meaningful dialogue. Join us in the conversation.

Where would you like to see this film?
Would you like to hold workshops?
Can you host a community screening?

Please reach out to us at:

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  • Our office address

    Toronto, Canada

  • Write us at

  • our phone number

    1 416 894 7579

Talk to Us

Graphic & Website Design: Anika Qureshi

Event Photography: Dave Yan

Still Photography: JD Nicholsen

Trailer Editor: Shevan Bastian

Goodness Blog

‘Goodness in Rwanda’ Premiere — Carlton Cinema April 2014

Posted by | April 24 | No Comments on ‘Goodness in Rwanda’ Premiere — Carlton Cinema April 2014

‘Goodness in Rwanda’ premiered at the Carlton Cinema in Toronto on April 21st, 2014 (Easter Monday). Thank you to CBC Metro Morning and Richard Ouzounian at the Toronto Star for covering our premiere which you can read about here. To all of our crowdfunders, supporters and those who came out— thank you for helping us make this an […]

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Toronto Premiere & Panel Discussions!

Posted by | April 12 | No Comments on Toronto Premiere & Panel Discussions!

We are excited to announce that Goodness in Rwanda will have its Toronto theatrical premiere! 
Advance tickets are available at the Carlton Cinema box office. 
Come out and support Canadian independent film! Goodness in Rwanda (Documentary) Monday April 21 2014
Carlton Cinema Show Times: 6:15, 8:00 and 9:45 Exciting panel discussions to follow. We will be reaching out […]

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"What we get back is a reflection of Western society."

US premiere at Thin Line!

Posted by | February 5 | No Comments on US premiere at Thin Line!

We are so excited to announce our US premiere of Goodness in Rwanda at Thin Line Documentary Festival. Goodness in Rwanda will screen at the Fine Arts Theatre in Denton, TX on Friday, February 14th at 8pm. Thin Line is an international documentary film festival combined with a multi-genre music festival held over 5 days […]

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Edmonton Intl Film Festival — September 30th!

Posted by | September 26 | No Comments on Edmonton Intl Film Festival — September 30th!

We are so happy that the Edmonton International Film Festival has programmed Goodness in Rwanda. We screen on September 30th at 7:30 pm at the Empire City Centre theatres. Producer Kerrie Long & her programming team have curated an amazing festival, & we’re honored to be a part of it. Edmonton is such a great […]

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GiR in Kampala — The first East African reaction

Posted by | September 3 | No Comments on GiR in Kampala — The first East African reaction

Gord Rand took GiR to the Kendu Hearth theatre conference in Kampala, Uganda. Here’s the story: I wake up in the mornings to a rooster in the yard and also the weird sound of roosters crowing all over the city – a dull roar of roosters. Buzz, our venue for the conference, is awesome. Beautiful, […]

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