Burundi Film Center

The Burundi Film Center (BFC) is a media development projected launched by three Canadian filmmakers in the little-known East African nation of Burundi.

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The Burundi Film Center (BFC) is a media development projected launched by three Canadian filmmakers in the little-known East African nation of Burundi. With no outside funding, their own equipment and some resourceful friends, the Canadians (two from Ottawa, one from Montreal) were able to train 36 students, aged 18-25, the basics of film production and produce five short dramatic films. Already wooing audiences around East Africa, the films now come to Montreal for the first time. Burundi, located just south of Rwanda, is a nation emerging from a war-time crisis and entering a new era of cultural understanding, tolerance and education. The absence of a developed media has crippled the nation’s ability to operate as a proper democracy and exposed the need for professional journalism and artistic expression through audio-visual storytelling. Check out the Burundi Film Centre blog on CitizenShift!


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Lighting the scene

BFC student Patrick B. is used as a live model during a lighting technique demonstration....

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Raymond and his troops

On set of the French feature film “Opération Turqoise,” BFC students go on a filed trip to Rwanda get a chance to watch Raymond act in a speaking role as a commander of the RPF rebel army during the Rwandan Genocide....

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Student on set

Didier, a BFC student, stands with an actor portraying a French military commando...

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Shooting begins

BFC student Willy-Gaspard frames a shot for the BFC’s first film, “Kivumvu: Basket Boy” as nearly a hundred people gather in every available corner to catch the action....

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A Star is Born

Nadia, a BFC student acting in four of the five films, plays a mother about to give birth to Kivumvu (meaning "basket" in the native language of Kirundi)....

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Sounds like soccer

A soccer game is staged as hundreds of unanticipated extras crowd the sidelines outside a school house – the only time such a large was a help rather than a hindrance during the filming of a scene....

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Filmming a Sensitive scene

A simulated rape scene demands a high level of concentration from the student actors to block out the reactionary sounds of the nearby audience....

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Mama knows best

Writer and director Ginette asks permission before filming real-life Congolese refugees for her film “Reveal Yourself”....

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Invite for the Night

The films almost finished, the invitations for the premiere are printed and distributed....

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Inspire. Educate. Entertain

The BFC is in full swing teaching the basics in film theory and production. The instructors explain how the mandate for the project is to “Inspire. Educate. Entertain,” both through the teaching and resulting films. Students reflect on the pro...

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