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A documentary about a transformational peacebuilding process that happened in the tiny Central African country of Burundi.
A documentary about a transformational peacebuilding process that happened in the tiny Central African country of Burundi.
A documentary about a transformational peacebuilding process that happened in the tiny Central African country of Burundi.
339 backers pledged $43,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Fragile Island of Peace

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THANK YOU to everyone who helped us successfully reach our goal!! We couldn’t have done it without you! If you did not get a chance to participate you can still support the film through our fiscal sponsor here: http://filmmakerscollab.org/films/fragile-island-of-peace/

We thank everyone who is helping us make peacebuilding a larger part of the global conversation!

The Story

This documentary will bring to life the story of a 10-year peacebuilding process in Burundi that united leaders from rebel militias and the National Army in working toward reconciliation. Through compelling interviews and anecdotes from those who experienced it firsthand, as well as scenes of ongoing activities that are part of the peacebuilding process, this film will shine a light on Burundians whose hearts and minds were changed as they worked to rebuild trust in a country that was torn apart by war. The film will show how these personal changes have played out nationally, through policy changes and innovative leadership.

More than 35 active peacebuilding organizations are working on over 400 peace projects in Burundi, many of which were inspired or founded by participants in the original peacebuilding trainings. Our film will also show scenes from present day peacebuilding activities to demonstrate how the roots of those initial trainings have spread throughout the country and how heroes of peacebuilding are applying the skills they learned to train citizens to manage conflicts and resist violence, as well as rehabilitating child soldiers.

Burundian military officials in peacebuilding training
Burundian military officials in peacebuilding training

Our Storytellers 
We plan to work with a variety of storytellers who will each share their unique perspectives and memories of the tragedies from the war and the peacebuilding process that followed. The personal accounts of those who experienced war and now work as passionate peacebuilders epitomize, on a personal level, the changes that have come about nationally in Burundi. A few examples include:

What does your money pay for?

Your tax-deductible donation will fund our director/producer and field producer traveling to Burundi, the rental of film equipment, and funding to support a small Burundian film crew for at least three weeks of shooting. If we exceed our goal, we'll be able to shoot for 4-6 weeks.

Expenses:

Key Personnel Costs: $12,000
Burundian Film Crew: $13,000
Film Equipment: $5,000
Travel & Location Costs: $22,000
Administrative Costs: $2,000
Kickstarter & Fiscal Sponsorship Fees: $4,500
Reward Fulfillment: $1,500
Total: $60,000

Fundraising Income:

Kickstarter Campaign $40,000
Grants & Foundations $10,000
Direct Individual Donations $10,000
Total: $60,000

This is the first and most essential phase of the making of Fragile Island of Peace. We thank you in advance for giving generously to support us in completing the initial filming of this powerful story.

Why make this film?
In a world where annual global expenditures for the military outnumber expenditures for peacebuilding at $20,000 to $1, this campaign is an opportunity to fight that imbalance. Contributions to this campaign do more than support the film, they help contribute to a global movement that brings more media attention to peacebuilding as an alternative to violent conflict.

Our goal is to create a compelling documentary that will support the continuation of peacebuilding in Burundi and raise awareness of peacebuilding practices around the globe. The film will be used for inspiration, awareness building, skills training, and general educational purposes.

The audience includes leaders in the diplomatic community, those working in development, Western audiences, and colleges & universities around the globe that teach mediation and conflict prevention. Many of the organizations that could use the film have already endorsed it and are looking forward to using it.

Our Long Term Goals

  • To create a Kirundi version of the film that will be shown in Burundi through local NGOs, on national TV and at schools and universities, and within government and military organizations.
  • To create a feature length documentary for Western audiences.
  • To create other local and regional language versions that will be used to help reintegrate child soldiers, help young people affected by the violence, and to train future peacebuilders.
  • To create a study guide and collateral materials to expand the educational value of the film for college and university programs.

Our Filmmaking Team

Thank you for supporting Fragile Island of Peace!

Risks and challenges

For the shoot in Bujumbura, there is some possibility of physical risk. The situation in Burundi is truly fragile and the benefits reaped from the peacebuilding process are tenuous now that international aid to the area has lessened. However, we are confident of our safety while filming because we will be working closely with Burundians who know the country extremely well, who have excellent contacts in government all the way up to the President and top ministers. We have filmed in post-conflict countries before and are prepared to take necessary precautions.

Our project is as they say "shovel ready." Our camera crew is in place and we have an incredibly dedicated team trained to deal with obstacles and changes in the process. Several members of the team have worked together for over 15 years and have collaborated on numerous other projects. We are prepared to tackle whatever this project throws our way.

I have been a documentary filmmaker for 40 years, with a deep connection to and understanding of peacebuilding and the impact of conflict management practices in developing countries. I worked at the intersection of peacebuilding and media for the past 20 years, in the US, Jordan, Mali, Haiti and the Central African Republic. Having worked in 12 countries in Africa, and many other developing countries around the world, I also have a deep understanding of how social change happens in developing countries.

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