On April 7, 1994, 26 years ago today, the genocide of the Tutsis began in Rwanda. What did it mean to be a child in Rwanda during this period?
We worked with Jeanne and Emmanuel, survivors who were the age of our children of "seeds of hope" confined today.
It is the college students who were the passers-by for this memory. It's a modern history course, but also a great lesson in resilience and humanity.
We worked for two years with two second year classes at the Lycée du Bugey in Belley on the proposal of two excellent teachers: Isabelle Journo and Philippe Quintin.
The students met Emmanuel Rugema and Jeanne Allaire, both genocide survivors. The two young Rwandans, at the time respectively President and Vice-President of the Lyon section of the Ibuka association, agreed to come and testify in front of the class.
The idea of working together gained ground around Isabelle Dupérier's film: “Against the wall of my house”, which has been the subject of screenings and debates in previous years.
Here is the content of the workshop:
1 / Study a similar approach: "Against the wall of my house"
2 / How to understand the representation of speaking? From theory to practice, approach, behavior, collection technique, questions, reminders, silences, image, light and sound techniques.
3 / Practical filmed exercises: simulation inside the class, between students.
4 / From the word to the collection of the word: locating, human positioning, progressive contribution of the technical means of recording, degree of implication of the pupils and the teachers, empathy, compassion or understanding, how not to lose its means in front of a strong words, how not to risk missing out on a single word, how to ensure the support of all the students?
5 / Reading, editing, direction. What do we choose, why, how? For who ? What becomes of what is not chosen? Ethics of total restitution. Database, principle and technique.
6 / Conditions of restitution, in space, in time, fragmented, linear, cross-media
7 / Study our close approach. How to present it? Is it transposable?
Here is the finished film:
A year later, Isabelle Journo and Philippe Quintin decided to continue with a new second class, by digging into the theme of dehumanization. They asked Pierre Beccu to accompany them once again.
The workshop at the Lycée du Bugey in Belley began on Friday January 9, 2015, during the “Literature and Society” course supervised by these two teachers.
After several working sessions and the staging of a dance show with Anne Vacther, the students prepared the construction of their film “From Man to Human”.