A guide to filming at the Genocide Memorial in Rwanda

Can I film at the Genocide Memorial in Rwanda?

Yes, filming is allowed at the Genocide Memorial in Rwanda. However, this is a very sensitive area and topic to shoot about, and it’s essential to follow specific guidelines and rules to obtain the necessary permissions before starting any filming work. Contact us to let us know about what you plan to shoot at the Genocide Memorial.

How do I obtain permission to film at the Genocide Memorial?

To obtain a filming permit for the genocide memorial, you have to write officially to the Rwanda Development Board and request permission to film at the genocide memorial; in the letter, detail who you are, where you are from, when you plan to come for the shoot, crew members and what the shoot material will be used for. Once you get your response, then you can start working on all your other travel logistics. Its advisable to you a local film fixer, and we are available to assist you with getting permissions and paperwork needed.

Are there any restrictions on what can be filmed at the Genocide Memorial?

Yes, there are likely to be restrictions on the content that can be filmed at the Genocide Memorial. Out of respect for the victims and survivors, certain sensitive areas or exhibits may be off-limits for filming.

Can I use drones for filming at the memorial site?

Drone usage is restricted in Rwanda, and using a drone requires you to obtain additional clearance to use. These clearances include clearance from the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority to allow you to import and use the drone, location fees are paid. Also, you might be required by the rules governing the genocide memorial to not get close to or into the memorial with the drone and only restrict it to the outside area. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Are there specific hours when filming is allowed at the memorial?

Filming here is only restricted to times when the genocide is open to the general public, which are the times between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Beyond this time, the memorial is closed off, and any filmed work will have to be followed up the next day. Filming has to be done under the supervision of an official from the genocide present.

Can I interview survivors or museum staff for my film?

This is a very sensitive topic; as such, you need to be very careful how you go about interviewing staff and survivors, as you will be getting very valuable information and insights. We advise that before going in straight for the interviews, request permission from the people you intend to interview and ensure that they have signed consent forms.

Are there any fees associated with filming at the Genocide Memorial?

There are fees associated with obtaining media accreditation and the filming permit. Also, accessing the memorial site has a payment made. During the permit applications, fees will be set, and payment has to be made before arrival to shoot. Commercial filming of the genocide memorial has addition requirements and restrictions involved, hence when applying for a filming permit make sure you have this stated well and clear so that it can be addressed by the authorities.

How can I ensure that my film honors the memory of the victims and the purpose of the memorial?

Respecting the history of the country is key as knowing that these were trying times for the country, appreciating how far they have come, and respecting the historical and emotional significance of the genocide memorial to the country. Consulting with local experts or survivor groups can help ensure that your film accurately represents the events and pays proper tribute to the victims. What are the penalties for filming without permission at the memorial site? Filming without proper authorization can lead to legal consequences, damages, imprisonment, and fines. Its for this matter that you should take filming here very seriously and follow the laws and guidelines of the country. Contact us for further information.