This is Rwanda

TOM BOGAERT

Screenshot from video ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ (14:57, 2019)

On the occasion of the 25th anniversaries of respectively the genocide in Rwanda and the O.J. Simpson case in the spring of 2019, I was artist-in-residence at Ivuka Arts in Kigali, Rwanda. With ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ I hope to explore the Relativity of Simultaneity: the concept that distant simultaneity – whether two spatially separated events occur at the same time – is not absolute, but depends on the observer’s reference frame.

While the killing raged on in Rwanda in 1994, the O.J. Simpson case dominated the airwaves. ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ is a low production re-enactment of the 1994 Bronco chase in which O.J. Simpson led police in a low speed chase on a Los Angeles freeway. I filmed ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ from the back of a moto-taxi in Kigali in February 2019.

The project takes its name from the American crime drama film ‘Dog Day Afternoon,’ about a bank robbery on a hot summer afternoon in New York City. The title was mentioned by one of the reporters during the life broadcast of the O.J. Simpson chase and I use the soundtrack of the Bronco chase for the new video.

Dog Day Afternoon on FilmFreeway