Hot Docs 2014: Life After Death Review

Life After Death

Life After Death

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A thoughtful and darkly comedic look at how the generosity of the religious can be taken advantage of, Life After Death goes to Kigali, Rwanda to look at one young man who might not be walking the righteous path he says he’s following.

Kwasa, a young man in his 20s, is an accomplished former thief and hustler who had to endure tremendous amounts of stress and degrading hardship during his country’s bloody civil war. He’s now struggling to keep even the most menial of jobs because he gets bored with them. He’s aided by Dave and Suzette Munson, American philanthropists who want to help Kwasa onto the right path financially, socially, and spiritually. But Kwasa might not be ready to let go of his older, more profitable ways.

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Although the film is produced by the Munsons, it doesn’t make them out to be the real heroes. If anything it suggests that they might have learned quite the lesson as subjects and producers. Kwasa is fascinating in his potentially two-faced nature, but digressions that compare him to his relatively under-sponsored and better adjusted best friend Fils doesn’t add very much. It does raise very interesting questions about how charity can potentially coddle someone a bit too much when donated from afar. (Andrew Parker)

Screens

Tuesday, April 29th, Scotiabank 7, 9:30pm

Wednesday, April 30th, Scotiabank 3, 4:00pm

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