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Director: Pascal Capitolin/ Justine Bitagoye


A documentary Film of Pascal Capitolin et Justine Bitagoye about the story of Prince Louis Rwagasore, symbol of the African emancipation and of the Burundian independence.
Burundi is one little country in the grand lac region in Africa. The young film industry has just started to bring her contribution to the fragile peace of the country. While a longer stay in Burundi, I’ve been asked to assist by a new film project. The theme packed me immediately.
The story of Prince Louis Rwagasore reminds in the african context to Patrice Lumumba and feels like just waiting to be filmed. Rwagasore had the vision of a true independence for his country Burundi. He fighted with political wisdom and boldness against the belgium colonial authorities who have been placed by the society of the nation as fostering force that ruled the african country until it achieves its independence 1962. Louis Rwagasore was murdered on the night of October 13, 1961 when he and his party were incontestably elected at the first parliamentary elections of Burundi. First I delved into the History and researched all surviving witnesses. History in a country like Burundi in which ethnic wars and genocides have determined the past 40 years has always several faces. Some even say that the death of the Prince Rwagasore triggered the spiral of violence. In fact, the prince, as "Ganwa", so as the successor of the royal family, is neither "Tutsi" or "Hutu" or "Twa", still today for the Burundian people the instance that could have ensure harmony between all four populations. Burundi and his donors try to bing to an end this cycle of violence. A film about Rwagasore, as a character and hero of independence is a big challenge to me as a filmmaker and offers the only possible contribution within the meaning of peace. In the Great Lakes region, Congo, Rwanda and Burundi are close together and like communicating vessels. We still remember the murderous messages of Radio Television Mille Collines in Rwanda 1994, as it called for genocide against the Tutsis and moderate Hutus over the radio waves.
“La Benovencija” is a Dutch non-governmental organization has been working for over 10 years in the field of media in the Great Lakes Region. Until 2011, their main activity was limited on the radio. Once Johan Deflander, coordinator of Benevolencija expressed the idea of a documentary about Louis Rwagasore, not only his Burundian collaborators have ignited immediately for the project, but also many of the protagonists. Johan Deflander and the NGO wanted to produce the film, and make sure that this film project, appears to be a Burundian film for a Burundian audience. Since there are not enough authors and technicians in Burundi who have enough experience in long lenght documentary field, I offered my help and put together a team. Justine Bitagoye, author of RTNB (Burundian state television) was my co-author. The historical accuracy was ensured by a burundian-French team of specialists. Participants from our last World Cinema Fund Factory (WCF) workshop have ensured the other departments. Added to this Talneau Stephan was, a senior editor from Berlin. He supported them to accomplish the editing here in Bujumbura. It was a fantastic experience and the film was presented in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of Burundi. On 26.06.2012 it was broadcast simultaneously on all three television stations. A broadcast tour across the country, even for those who do not have television access is planned.

Director: Pascal Capitolin – Justine Bitagoye
Scenario: Johan Deflander – Justine Bitagoye – Pascal Capitolin
Editing: Jean Marie Ndihokubwayo
Camera: Abraham Mussaba – Jean Pierre Harerimana – Pascal Capitolin – Stephan Talneau
Sound: Hervé Chris Sindayigaya - Pascal Capitolin
Executiv Producers: Aloys Batungwanayo
Producers: La Benevolencija , Johan Deflander b>
Lenght: 83 min
Production year: 2012