Journal d’un cooperant (Burundi: 2013)


Robert Morin

Cast list

Rémi Muhirwa Ciza

Patrice Faye

Chantal Gatore

André Lanthier

Capitaine Madimba

Robert Morin

Dominique Puthod

Freddy Sibomana

Rose Twagirayezu


Produced by:Stéphanie Morissette

Music by: Bertrand Chénier

Cinematography by 

Robert Morin

Film Editing by 

Michel Giroux

Art Direction by 

Mary Lynn Deachman

Costume Design by 

Patricia McNeil

Art Department 

Louis Cyr

Sound Department 

Louis Collin
Alexis Farand
Olivier Léger
Jean-Pierre Pinard

Visual Effects by 

Jonathan Grégoire


A single electronics technician, Jean-Marc Phaneuf, goes to Africa as a volunteer for an NGO, Radio du Monde. He finds a country ruined by grinding poverty, famine, war, disease and appalling social inequality. Yet he also meets a joyful, brave people hungry for happiness, knowledge and human dignity. The camera that becomes his notebook 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 the last vestiges of his ideals are snuffed out when he is attacked, Jean-Marc becomes entangled in a doomed relationship that ultimately forces him to leave Africa in disgrace.