a film by Manu Gerosa, Salva Muñoz


Documentary // Running Time: 58 min. // Year: 2010 // Country of Production: Italy // Shooting Place: Burundi, France, Belgium, Italy // Original language: French, Kirundi, Italian // Subtitles: Italian, English, French, Spanish



“Kamenge, Northern Quarters” is the picture of the soul of a whole country, Burundi, which asks for freedom and justice, the ideals Alexis Sinduhije is fighting for.



“Kamenge, Northern Quarters” is the picture of the soul of a whole country, Burundi, which asks for freedom and justice, the ideals Alexis Sinduhije is fighting for. His story is closely linked to the life of his quarter, the Northern Quarters of the capital city Bujumbura - symbol of one of the most cruel wars the world has ever known, the conflict between hutu and tutsi - and of the young people who gravitate round the Kamenge Youth Center, the nerve center of “reconstruction” and coexistence after the civil war. The background and the glances of the ones who have not left are interwoven with the life of Alexis who gave up his job as a journalist in 2007 to found a political party, standing for President in 2010. “It is possible to build a liveable Burundi, it is possible. You must only believe it and take the risk.” Alexis says. In Burundi, although the present government was elected democratically, the people who profess freedom of speech put their life in danger.



Production: Oneworld DocuMakers

Directors: Manu Gerosa & Salva Muñoz

Director of Photography: Ana Izquierdo

Camera: Manu Gerosa & Salva Muñoz, Ana Izquierdo, Jean Pierre Aimé Harerimana

Sound: Manu Gerosa & Salva Muñoz

Editing: Manu Gerosa & Salva Muñoz

Music: Luca Será Micheli, Lorenzo Magnaghi

Visual Effects Artist & Design: Tricéfalo Studio

Sound Mix: Alsón Music & Sound

Color Correction: Ana Izquierdo

Documentation: Elena Patoner

Distribution: Journeyman PIctures.


Festivals and Awards

Selected at 13º Patras International Festival of Film (01-08 October 2011 - Greece)

Selected at 14º Istanbul International 1001 Documentary Film Festival (29 September - 03 October 2011 - Turkey)

Winner of the award “Best Medium-Length Documentary Film" at 7º Montreal International Black Film Festival (21-September - 02 October 2011 - Canada)

Selected at 7º Tri Continental Human Rights Film Festival (09-28 September 2011 - South Africa)

Selected at 6º Un Film per la Pace (03 July 2011 - Italy)

Selected at 5º Addis International Film Festival (23-26 June 2011 - Ethiopia)

Selected at 14º Zanzibar International Film Festival (18-26 June 2011 -Tanzania)

Selected at 2º Festival International du Film des Droits de l'Homme de Nantes (15-19 June 2011 - France)

Winner of the award "Best film/video documentary production" at 26º Black International Cinema Berlin (04-08 May 2011 - Germany)

Selected at 7º Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival (21-24 April 2011 - Qatar)

Selected at 13º Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (11-20 March 2011 - Greece)

Selected at 9º International Human Rights Film Festival of Paris (08-15 March 2011 - France)

Selected at 4º Africa World Documentary Festival (05 March - 14 may 2011 - Barbados, Cameroon, Missouri US)

Selected at 5º Festival de Cine Social y Derechos Humanos de Valparaiso (03-08 January 2011 - Chile)

Selected at 3° Cairo Human Rights Film Festival (04-08 December 2010 - Egypt)

Winner of the award "Silver Audience Award" at 15° Amnesty International Film Festival (18-21 November 2010 - Canada)

Selected at 5° Miradasdoc Festival Internacional de Cine Documental (29 October - 06 November 2010 - Spain)

Selected at 1° DocUtah International Documentary Film Festival (16-25 September 2010 - Utah US)

Selected at 6° Festival Internacional de Cine de los Derechos Humanos (17-24 July 2010 Bolivia)

Selected at 3° LUPA - Muestra de Documentales San Sebastian (01-04 April 2010 - Spain)




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