Maliza Productions was founded by Ery Nzaramba. 'Kuliza' means 'to make cry' in Kinyarwanda, and 'amaliza' traditionally refers to the most beautiful cattle in Rwanda, so beautiful it made people cry just to look at it. Beauty, emotions, the clash of times and cultures... are amongst the qualities that Maliza productions (for stage and screen) aspire to explore.
The Blues Lover is Maliza Productions' latest short film. Written and directed by Ery Nzaramba, and starring Kirsten Hazel Smith and Rob Tucker, The Blues Lover is a thriller inspired by Roman Polanski's REPULSION.
Split/Mixed is the latest play to be produced by Maliza Productions. Written and performed by Ery Nzaramba, the one man play is a coming-of-age tale of a boy growing up in Rwanda in the 90s, SPLIT/MIXED is a story of friendships and self-discovery, with tragedy lurking. The play explores the Rwandan genocide-generation's youth's delicate search of identity.
The play premiered at the United Solo Festival in New York in November 2013. It was performed in Berlin in February 2014.
In development: FAMA, a play written by Ery Nzaramba. FAMA follows the rise and fall of the eponymous prince Fama as his country is colonised, then emerges from the throes of independence to be gripped by a fratricidal conflict. Ery was awarded a Grant for the Arts by the Arts Council of England to develop it, adapting the play FAMA by Koffi Kwahulé and setting it in a fictional region based on his native Rwanda.
In development: Deja Vu, a film written by Ery Nzaramba. A super-natural thriller that gives new meaning to the old saying 'Love conquers all'. The Sixth Sense meets Back to the Future.
In development: Mindblast, a film written by Ery Nzaramba, based on the lives of Dambudzo Marechera and Flora Veit-Wild.