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I Mashoka

I MASHŌKA is a fiction made and produced in Burundi this year. I should say I MASHŌKA is a science fiction, since the story take place 2058. Jean Marie Ndihokubwayo and Pascal Capitolin are the directors of this long feature film and are exausted but greatfull for the release of our Film.
The 13 of June 2014 was premiere on the grand opening of this year internaional Film Festival in Burundi: FESTICAB

The story: Somewhere in Africa, February 27, 2058 Nijimbere Kamikazi testify in an interview about the escalation of violence which had a determinant influence over their relationship and their communities. 2017, The Banyamazi and the Bagabuzi live in peace, when as result on the global shortage of drinking water, difficult living conditions and decontamination of sources are getting more complicated. The conflicts between the two communities of the young secret couple oppress them. The spiral of violence inevitably separates Kamikazi and Nijimbere , their families and groups.
It is the first long fiction feature lenght since 1995. The excitement is huge and the particularity of this production is that almost all professionals of the Burundian film scene are involved.
Last but not least, I Mashōka won first price in the category 2014 East African Best Feature Film and best masculin role. We do hope now that our film will be seen in the great lake region and we will do our best, to present it at each festival in Africa and international festivals. 



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June, 2014
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JEAN MARIE NDIHOKUBWAYO is a talented Burundian Film Maker who took this incredible challenge to create the second long feature film in Burundi after 20 years. With his co-Director PascaL Capitolin, he assembled around him almost all film professionals that the tiny country in the great lake contains to make i Mashoka. Like most film creators in the region he has to be multitalent: He is producer, editor and an excelent Cameraman. But for i MASHŌKA, they both concentrate on directing and the result pay them back.

Jean Marie Ndihokubwayo is known fore his previous shorts: "Le Rencard", but particularly "Taxi Love" which won an Award 2010 in Fespaco.



is the co-author of i MASHŌKA. He is a French Filmaker and Sound Engineer who has worked for 4 years in Burundi and made 2 documentaries in the country. His last documentary "Rwagasore" , shooted in Burundi an d over Prince Louis Rwagasore, won the silver medail in Monte Carlo at the 33rd International URTI Grand Prix for Author's Documentary.

Pascal Capitolin is also known for his work as an international Sound Engineer, like on "KINSHASA SYMPHONY", a documentary which won several awards worldwide.

Pascal Capitolin’s comprehensive filmography as sound designer includes i.a. 2012 The Look in Cannes 2011- a  Documentary by Angelina Maccarone , Film portrait on Chalotte Rampling 

2010 Day of the Sparrow- Nomination for German Film Award  Documentary by Philip Scheffner.

Paragraph 175 – The Pink Triangle (2000, director: Rop Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; Best Documentary, Sundance Filmfestival; FIPRESCI-Prize, Berlinale), 

Vom Schaukeln der Dinge (2005, director; Beatrix Schwehm), 

Das Reichsorchester (2007, director: Enrique Sánchez Lansch)

 Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007, director: André Schäfer). or Rhythm is it! (2004).

For complete Filmographie and releases, please visit his Web Site:





Film director: 
Pascal Capitolin & Jean Marie Ndihokubwayo
La Benevolencija / Netty Communication
About the Producer: 
<p>Although <strong>La Benevolencija</strong> &nbsp;is not a proper Production company but an NGO, the producer are media professionals. For&nbsp;<strong>i Mashoka&nbsp;</strong>they made of Netty Communication headed by JM Ndihokubwayo their co-producer.</p> <p><span>Established in 2002, <strong>Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation</strong> (RLB) is a Dutch NGO committed to the empowerment of minorities and social groups that are, have been or are in danger of becoming, the victims of ethnocentric or other forms of hate violence. It promotes an agenda of sanity, empathy and mutual help among those who are the target of hate speech, as well as among societies that have suffered its consequences. It is strictly non-ethnic, non-denominational and non-governmental. <strong>Radio La Benevolencija HTF</strong> takes as its role model La Benevolencija Sarajevo, a local organization that played a unique humanitarian role during the Bosnian war (1992-1995). It is as a result of the work of founding Director, George Weiss, for this organization that, in 2002, a group of Amsterdam-based media professionals was inspired to set up an organisation to produce media projects in <strong>La Benevolencija</strong>&rsquo;s unique spirit of solidarity with, and empowerment of, people who are the targets of hate violence. Using a combination of edutainment methodologies and comparative psychological research, RLB&rsquo;s media intervention in Rwanda, the DRC and Burundi is a prototype campaign to embed, in national audiences, scientific knowledge of how to resist the psychological pressures and demagoguery that turn individuals into perpetrators of mass hate. RLB&rsquo;s radio soaps, factual documentaries and educational programmes, in combination with grassroots activities, convey this knowledge while simultaneously stimulating best practices of active bystandership. Regular parallel impact evaluations are conducted to measure the effectiveness of this Intervention tool and to ensure that the strategies and methodologies are attuned to specific contexts. The educational component of<strong> La Benevolencija</strong> radio (and recent Film &amp; television) programs, and grassroots activities, is informed by the research and theory of Professor Ervin Staub of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on the origins of genocide and other mass violence, their prevention, and reconciliation, and on Dr. Laurie Anne Pearlman&rsquo;s work on trauma and recovery. They and their associates (Rezarta Bilali, Adin Thayer and Johanna Vollhardt) are involved in developing and editing programs in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Congo (DRC). Much of this work is described in Staub&rsquo;s 2011 book, Overcoming Evil: Genocide, violent conflict and terrorism.</span></p> <p><span></span></p>
Pascal Capitolin
Jean Marie Ndihokubwayo & Pacifique Nzintonda
Film photographer: 
Pacifique Nzintonda
Olivier ''Bright'' NDAYISHIMIYE
Francis Muhire
Art Director: 
Pascal Capitolin & JM Ndihokubwayo
Cast 1: 
Santiana MUTONI
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Jean-François Régis HAKIZUMUKAMA
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Francis MUHIRE
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<p>Somewhere in Africa, year 2058, a man and a woman are in front of a camera. They tell their story that started fourty one years earlier, Mid. 2017. On a hill, a formerly green country, the local population face a major crisis . The water is contaminated. Any drop of rain or source water is nor proper for consumption or cultivate. It is imperative to treat it. This extreme situation is causing the emergence of two separate clans Abanyamazi (experts in water treatment) and Abagabuzi (farmers and traders). Both clans live in peace, but a secret antagonism reign on their relationships. In this context of mutual distrust Nijimbere Kamikazi love each other. They decided to live together. Nijimbere is umugabuzi and Kamikazi umunyamazi. Unbeknownst to their families, they regularly communicate with the complicity of Mizero, the cousin of Nijimbere. But circumstances will soon evolve and change the course of their lives and the entire community.</p>
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Between $100 000 and $10 000
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Festival selections: 

FESTICAB (International Film Festival in Burundi) 2014 : Award for best Fiction and for best man role.

Arusha Film Festival 2014 

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<p><span>FESTICAB (International Film Festival in Burundi) 2014 : Award for best Fiction and for best man role.</span></p>
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<p></p> <p>Dans le cadre des projections de la 6&egrave;me &eacute;dition du Festicab (Festival International du Cin&eacute;ma et de l&rsquo;Audiovisuel du Burundi), j&rsquo;ai glan&eacute; dans le verg&eacute; cin&eacute;matographique nous propos&eacute; durant cette semaine de la mi-juin 2014 et j&rsquo;ai d&eacute;couvert un fruit cin&eacute;matographique de la saveur de nos mangues de novembre.&nbsp;<em>&laquo;&nbsp;I Mashoka&nbsp;&raquo;</em>, long m&eacute;trage r&eacute;alis&eacute; par Jean-Marie Ndihokubwayo et Pascal Capitolin est tout &agrave; fait succulent.</p> <p>Du point de vue th&eacute;matique, le film revient sur le th&egrave;me de l&rsquo;eau<span><a class="footnote-link footnote-identifier-link" href="" id="identifier_0_46556" title="Comme son nom l’indique, il s’agit du pays de l’eau. C’est le lieu où les troupeaux vont s’abreuver après avoir brouté, avant de rentrer au bercail.">1</a></span>&nbsp;. Il est dans la droite ligne des &laquo;&nbsp;romans paysans&nbsp;&raquo; dont parle Lylian Kesteloot.<span><a class="footnote-link footnote-identifier-link" href="" id="identifier_1_46556" title="Kesteloot, Lilyan, Histoire de la Littérature Négro-Africaine, Paris, Karthala – AUF, 2001(mis à jour en 2004), p 27.">2</a></span><br /> Comme le magnifique livre Gouverneur de la Ros&eacute;e (1944) du Ha&iuml;tien Jacques Roumain et les films fran&ccedil;ais Jean de Florette et Manon des Sources (1986) de Claude Berri, le n&oelig;ud du drame tourne autour de la lutte &acirc;pre pour contr&ocirc;ler la gestion de l&rsquo;eau.&nbsp;<em>&laquo;&nbsp;I Mashoka&nbsp;&raquo;</em>&nbsp;est aussi une histoire d&rsquo;amour entre des jeunes de deux communaut&eacute;s antagonistes. Comme les &laquo;&nbsp;Montaigu&nbsp;&raquo; et les &laquo;&nbsp;Capulet&nbsp;&raquo; dans Rom&eacute;o et Juliette de Shakespeare, comme les &laquo;&nbsp;Bahutu&nbsp;&raquo; et les &laquo;&nbsp;Batutsi&nbsp;&raquo; dans<em>&nbsp;L&rsquo;Optimiste</em>&nbsp;de Fran&ccedil;ois-Xavier Nayigiziki ou comme les &laquo;&nbsp;Nta&nbsp;&raquo; et les &laquo;&nbsp;Mbala&nbsp;&raquo; dans&nbsp;<em>Au Pays de Mbala</em>&nbsp;d&rsquo;Ambroise Niyonsaba, la jeunesse peut incarner le pire comme le meilleur. Mais, pourvu qu&rsquo;on lui permette de s&rsquo;&eacute;panouir dans le vrai et la fraternit&eacute; elle est toujours grosse d&rsquo;un avenir radieux.</p> <p><em>&laquo;&nbsp;I Mashoka&nbsp;&raquo;</em>&nbsp;est un long m&eacute;trage<span><a class="footnote-link footnote-identifier-link" href="" id="identifier_2_46556" title="C’est le second long métrage jamais réalisé par un Burundais depuis «&nbsp;Gito, l’Ingrat&nbsp;» (1991">3</a></span>) d&rsquo;une facture exceptionnelle. Par-del&agrave; l&rsquo;int&eacute;r&ecirc;t &eacute;vident des th&egrave;mes d&eacute;velopp&eacute;s, le film est jou&eacute; admirablement par des com&eacute;diens mis en bouquet &agrave; l&rsquo;aide d&rsquo;une technique de son et de lumi&egrave;re de tr&egrave;s grande qualit&eacute;. Les r&eacute;alisateurs ont su rendre justice &agrave; la beaut&eacute; inoubliable des collines du pays par des panoramiques et des plans fixes de la r&eacute;gion du Mumirwa.<span><a class="footnote-link footnote-identifier-link" href="" id="identifier_3_46556" title="Le versant Ouest de la Crête Congo-Nil">4</a></span>&nbsp;L&rsquo;adjonction du dessin anim&eacute; dans l&rsquo;&eacute;criture et la projection de la narration dans un futur lointain donne &agrave; l&rsquo;&oelig;uvre une dimension qui transcende les contingences de l&rsquo;heure pour pr&eacute;server la quintessence de l&rsquo;humanit&eacute; dans ses faiblesses, mais aussi dans toute sa grandeur.</p> <p><em>&laquo;&nbsp;I Mashoka&nbsp;&raquo;</em>&nbsp;est un film &agrave; voir et qui fera date car il s&rsquo;agit d&rsquo;une &oelig;uvre artistique qui s&rsquo;est refus&eacute;e de verser dans la m&eacute;diocrit&eacute; ou m&ecirc;me simplement dans la facilit&eacute;. Avec peu de moyens et beaucoup d&rsquo;amour et d&rsquo;abn&eacute;gation toute l&rsquo;&eacute;quipe qui a cr&eacute;&eacute; ce film vient de marquer du sceau de l&rsquo;excellence l&rsquo;histoire du cin&eacute;ma burundais.<br /> <em>&laquo;&nbsp;I Mashoka&nbsp;&raquo;</em>&nbsp;est un fruit &agrave; d&eacute;guster &agrave; pleins&hellip; yeux et oreilles!</p> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div class="wp_rp_wrap wp_rp_vertical_s" id="wp_rp_first"> <div class="wp_rp_content"> &nbsp;</div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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