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 ...
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Christian de la Cortina,
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
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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