ON AIR

By Manno LANSSENS

SERENDIPITY FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

Bob Rugurika is the director of Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), an independent radio station in Burundi. He is a forerunner of the fight for freedom of expression, willing to risk his life to reveal the truth. With the RPA, he continues to challenge the regime and they become its enemy number one.

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DOCVILLE 2019
MOOOV 2019
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • BELGIUM
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Manno LANSSENS
    • Writer(s)
    • Manno LANSSENS
    • Producer(s)
    • Ellen DE WAELE (SERENDIPITY FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Bob Rugurika is the director of Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), the most popular independent radio station in Burundi. As an investigative journalist he is also a forerunner of the fight for freedom of expression in his country, willing to risk his life to expose the truth.

      When Bob reveals the involvement of president Nkurunziza in the murder of three Italian nuns in a radio report, he is immediately arrested and put in prison. Under international pressure, he is released after a month and becomes the symbol of the people’s struggle for justice and democracy.

      With the presidential elections approaching, many Burundians take to the street to prevent president Nkurunziza to change the constitution in order to stay in power. Bob keeps on challenging the regime and becomes its enemy number one. Will Bob succeed in keeping the freedom of press while independent media are being silenced and his life and family are being threatened?
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