Europa, “Based on a True Story”

  • Kivu Ruhorahoza
  • Rwanda, United Kingdom, Switzerland
  • 2019
  • 92 min
  • World Premiere
  • IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

The Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza (Grey Matter, Things of the Aimless Wanderer) decides to film his new movie, A Tree Has Fallen, in London. It is to be a stylish drama about Simon, a mysterious Nigerian man (Oris Erhuero), who returns to London to make amends with Anna, his mixed-race lover (Lisa Moorish) and Bruce, Anna’s white ex-husband (Matt Ray Brown).  

Progressively, this love triangle mirrors the increasing social and racial tensions in Great Britain andEurope. In parallel to his narrative fiction, Kivu documents these tensions by filming a series of rallies in the streets of London. But inevitably, the ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy of the ruling Conservative Party comes back to haunt the reunited lovers and to disrupt Kivu’s filmmaking effort. 

Sensing that his London stay is coming to a forced end, Kivu attends a far right protest to try and understand the rising xenophobia of the Brits and of his character Bruce.


  • 92 min
  • color
  • DCP
Kivu Ruhorahoza
Antonio Rui Ribeiro for Moon Road Films
Executive producer
MaryEllen Higgins
Cocoon Production
Rory Skeoch

IDFA history

World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

Share this film

Print this page

IDFA history

This website uses cookies.

By using cookies we can measure how our site is used, how it can be further improved and to personalize the content of online advertisements.

 here everything about our cookie policy. If you choose to decline, we only place functional and analytical cookies