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Andrew and Carley Bilindabagabo are the founders and filmmakers behind INGOMA Films. Based in Lancaster with a vision for global impact, they invite you learn more about who they are and what they do.
What is INGOMA’s mission?
INGOMA exists to create experience that broaden people’s perspectives. We highlight the worthy and uplift the marginalized, making the specific global and the global specific. We’re committed to working on projects that have a positive impacts, partnering with organizations that actively make the world a better place.
What does INGOMA mean?
In the languages of the Bantu people, INGOMA means a kind of drum or the songs played on it. In Rwanda, INGOMA also refers to the throne of the precolonial king—a symbol, like the drums, of the roots of African culture. Those deep roots—traditional storytelling, vibrant creativity, and longevity stretching back millennia—are the foundations of everything we do.
What does INGOMA do?
We make beautiful films with ambitious, creative, and streamlined production logistics.
Production: We provide production management, ensuring a seamless filmmaking experience for the best creative outcome. From budgeting and crewing to scheduling and licensing, we handle the practical details and allow the creative vision of the film to shine.
Creative: Powerful narratives shape the people they touch. We help your organizations tell stories with an impact. We work with directors, cinematographers, production designers, and more to craft films that are authentic, memorable, and deliver results.
Development: We develop feature narrative and documentary projects. We’re passionate about the stories you might not have heard yet—stories of the marginalized or misunderstood, stories of the cultures that don’t get airtime. Whether through logistics management or creative development, we are dedicated to bringing those stories to life.
What is your company ethos?
INGOMA is an uncommon company—we’ve produced national and local ads, documentaries about Africa, and feature films right here in Pennsylvania. We’ve worked all over the world, but we’ve learned that the way to speak to global questions is to get specific. That means we look at every project as a chance to address a real-world issue. First, we have to understand the problem holistically. Then, we apply our storytelling sensibilities to solve it. We believe that every project can make the world a little better as we design a solution.