“ so why does it hurt when relationships end?” she asked.
“well do you mean romantic relationships?” I replied.
“yeah any relationship.” She says.

Ever since I was a child, I have always been able to create very realistic scenarios in my mind, and I still confuse these scenarios with reality. Every now and then I manage to adopt the influx of imagery through visual storytelling . It is this same process that allowed me to create the visual concept for Let it Be, one of my favourite written works of Winnie Rugamba.

Winnie shared Let it Be with me alongside some of her other work. Let it Be stood out to me, because as intended it made me question my relationship. Winnie’s words gave me an incite into my own controlling ways, that I especially exhibited with the people that I love. This I had always thought to be the norm.

In terms of production, Winnie sent me Let it Be in December of 2017, but it took me a long time, for all the pieces to come together. The video was shot in July of 2018 and due to unforeseen life events, all my projects including this had to be stopped. Although late in coming out, this project is ever so timely as it is still relevant in 2020.

Having been able to easily connect with the very talented contemporary dancer Abdoul Mujyambere I found out that interestingly he already had a choreography that matched Winnie’s written words. This is the same choreography that we used for this video. The original choreography was performed by three contemporary dancers but for this project Abdoul chose to only partner with Gatete Muhdi.

In terms of costumes and music soundtrack, I approached Deo Mujymabere and Moses Turahirwa. I approached the both of them for the exact same reason. I wanted a made in Rwanda touch to the video and that’s exactly what they delivered. I hope that it is evident and picks your interest while watching the video.

Allow me to end by saying I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such talented individuals and artists.

I can only hope that you will enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed the creation process.

Tugire Amahoro


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