See Leonard Maltin on “...this heartening cultural exchange, which has brought one of the world's greatest comedians to an appreciative new audience....”
Rwanda Magical Experience.
On Sunday night, August 12, two films of W.C. Fields screened under the stars in Kigali, Rwanda. A magical experience for all, many attendees said they will remember the night forever.
W.C. Fields' films donated to the Rwanda Cinema Center/Kwetu Film Institute. On Sunday, August 12, 2012, under the stars, two W.C. Fields' films were screened in Kigali, Rwanda. Dr. Harriet Fields shared with the audience that her grandfather performed in Africa, and said, “I am very happy for our grandfather to have a home in Africa, for Kwetu means Home in Swahili.” A magical experience for all, many attendees said they will remember the night forever. Eric Kabera, founder of the Kwetu Film Institute, said he wants to teach his students how to do comedy, so they and the country can laugh again. Eric shared that W.C. Fields' comic genius is unmatched in the world today.
Rwanda has suffered so much in the genocide of 1994. The world little knows of the depths of the pain and the heights at reconciliation and healing. W.C. Fields said, “If I can make them laugh, and through that laughter make this old world seem just a little brighter, then I am satisfied.” Laughter is truly the best medicine of all. Earlier in the week, Dr. Fields donated DVDs of W.C. Fields' films to the Kwetu Film Institute developing film Library for the students and Eric Kabera donated to the W.C. Fields' family his award winning documentaries on Rwanda. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences put Dr. Harriet Fields and Eric Kabera, founder of the Kwetu Film Institute, in contact, for the Rwanda Cinema Center is part of the Academy's International Outreach program.
Universal Studios Names Street for W.C. Fields.
W.C. Fields Dr. is the largest and longest street at Universal Studios and the only street accessible to the public. An act of love and honor by Universal Studios in recognition of the great artists who graced their lots, W.C. Fields arguably the greatest.
W.C. Fields Comedy Festival at the Grand Theatre, Center for the Arts with special guest Ronald J. Fields.
W.C. Fields Festival at the Film Forum, New York, April 22 through May 3, 2011.
Ronald J. Fields and Dr. Harriet Fields offer “insights into the life and work of their grandfather” in the July issue of Classic Images. Save the PDF file!