There are history books, essays, and documentaries. I have read and seen so many of them, they forge intellectual culture and political consciousness. These documents present things to us in general terms, from a political or sociological point of view. We are told the why and how, the historical processes, the sequence of events and their consequences. It’s a rather detached vision of history, objective if you will. Maybe a little too much.
Because all this does not really inform about the tragedies, the pains, the separated families, the destroyed individuals, the leaks, the fears, the revenge. Of our struggles, our fights for just causes or our fratricidal wars we only really understand the pain of those who lived them, the sacrifices, the heartbreaks when we are offered an intimate version of history.
This is what it is about in the adaptation of the novel of Gaël Faye by Eric Barbier. This is a drama lived from within, an intimate story of a dark period for the people of Urundi (Burundi X Rwanda). Look for it and watch, 1h53 minutes of apnea in an ocean of emotions from which you will not return.
Intimate. It’s the word of the week. When you dig, the history of our struggles, the victories, the betrayals, the defeats, the coups d’etat, all that is only a sum of intimacy. It is intimacy, camaraderie, friendship and love; family, blood and encounters; the reunion but also the murders and the betrayal which have woven the knitting of its glorious or dramatic stories, sometimes more than heartbreaking.
” These are also stories that will have to be told at some point. The stories of intimacy and struggle. This is what I believe in the most. It’s a lot of family, of heartbreaks also that we have killed. And these are traumas that we have carried for a very long time and that it is important to untie. What our parents, what our grandparents were unable to do, is up to us to do (…) And I am aware today that blood has a very strong memory. ” Elom Kossi Khaunbiow
This film speaks to me a lot. This is first of all how I would like to teach the history of our people to my children, from an intimate perspective. Our blood ties that mingle with our struggles. Do you doubt? Olympio and Grunitzky, Sankara and Compaoré, the Cabral brothers, Stokely and Miriam Makéba, Nelson and Winnie, the Castro brothers, Kpatcha and Faure. You are not convinced ? You will no longer doubt it the day you discover that an elder, a comrade in the struggle is in fact, also and above all, your mother’s brother; your uncle. From there everything changes, you will no longer have the same perspective of things. I’m talking about the intimate, that’s what it is.
Written by: Klétus Situ Komko
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