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Journal d'un coopérant (2010)

Jean-Marc Phaneuf, an unmarried electrical engineer, travels to Burundi as a volunteer for the NGO Radio du Monde. He finds a country ruined by grinding poverty, famine, war, disease and ... See full summary »

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Robert Morin
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Credited cast:
Jani Alban Jani Alban ... Mathilde
Rémi Muhirwa Ciza Rémi Muhirwa Ciza ... Léopold
Patrice Faye Patrice Faye ... Jacques
Chantal Gatore Chantal Gatore ... Pauline
André Lanthier André Lanthier ... Ambassadeur du Canada
Capitaine Madimba Capitaine Madimba ... Omar
Robert Morin ... Jean-Marc Phaneuf
Dominique Puthod Dominique Puthod ... Didier
Freddy Sibomana Freddy Sibomana ... Benoit
Rose Twagirayezu Rose Twagirayezu ... Églantine
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Jean-Marc Phaneuf, an unmarried electrical engineer, travels to Burundi as a volunteer for the NGO Radio du Monde. He finds a country ruined by grinding poverty, famine, war, disease and appalling social inequality. At the same time, he meets a joyful, brave people hungry for happiness, knowledge and human dignity. The camera that becomes his personal diary also helps Jean-Marc expose the shaky, ineffective workings of NGOs. His investigations turn up a few praiseworthy examples of international cooperation, but on the whole he finds himself drawn to a terrible, inescapable conclusion: humanitarian aid is a utopian mirage. After falling victim to an attack and losing whatever ideals he still had, Jean-Marc becomes entangled in an impossible relationship. He is ultimately forced to leave Africa in disgrace. Written by Coop Vidéo

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Canada | Burundi

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 February 2010 (Canada) See more »

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Burundi See more »

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Budget:

CAD 1,120,000 (estimated)
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Coop Vidéo de Montréal See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Creepy
4 November 2013 | by roedygSee all my reviews

The movie is ostensibly the video journal of an NGO worker's trip to Africa. It is a blow by blow account, much like home vacation movies, full of shots of colourful markets and hordes of kids. He lives in relative luxury with his own house, a pool and three servants. The story gradually morphs into the tale of slow seduction of the 13 year old granddaughter of his cook. Grandma seems quite clueless as to what is going on. He uses ever more expensive gifts to put her in his obligation. This is quite creepy. It seems odd such a tale would be camouflaged as a documentary about what is like to work for an NGO. I was surprised to see in the credits the lead was played by an actor. I thought it was an autobiography documentary with real people.


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