Fragile Island of Peace

Project Info

Client Jamil Simon

Project Description

Over a ten-year period in Burundi, skilled peacebuilders worked with over 8,000 leaders at all levels of government and civil society from presidents to police chiefs to train them in leadership, communication and conflict resolution skills. In a nation of 8 million, that’s 1 in every 1,000 people.

Through compelling interviews and anecdotes, this film will illuminate how peoples’ minds and hearts changed through rebuilding relationships and trust. The arc of this film will travel from individual narratives to the wider implications, illustrating how these personal changes have played out nationally, through policy changes, activities, curriculum reform, and innovative leadership. The story Fragile Island of Peace seeks to tell is complex, as is the fragile peace Burundi has managed to achieve; peace that is often threatened by political unrest as well as the country’s wrenching poverty. Those conditions make it even more important to capture what happened during the peacebuilding process.

Total Need: $80,000

Our team has begun work on this important film, but there is much more to do. We are actively seeking funds from foundations and individuals to complete it. Our first goal is to gather the funds to do the initial shooting in Burundi. 

Contributions in any amount will be deeply appreciated (and fully tax deductible). It will help us launch a film that tells a powerful story about a better way to reach peace. I invite you to join us in taking a stand for more peacebuilding and less war.

This film is fiscally sponsored by the Filmmaker’s Collaborative.