Rwagasore: Vie, combat, espoirs (Français)
In 2012, Burundi celebrates 50 years of independence, closely tied to the iconic figure of the anti-colonial struggle, Prince Louis Rwagasore, son of King Mwambutsa IV Bangiricenge. Despite his brief political career, he united a large group of activists around a vision: breaking free from colonial oppression. Following his party’s victory in the 1961 free elections, he becomes the Prime Minister; however, just days after forming his government, he is assassinated on October 13, 1961. On July 1, 1962, Burundi gains independence without the presence of the man who dedicated himself to reaching this milestone.
This documentary relies on accounts from direct witnesses and verified historical sources. While Rwagasore, the Independence hero, is widely recognized by name, many are unaware of who he truly was and what his vision for the country entailed. The film unveils his life and political struggle, shedding light on the man behind the legend and justifying the interpretation that his apparent defeat in death remains a lingering hope for today and tomorrow’s Burundi.