Filmmaker Amani Papy at the SEZ

Amani Papy in conversation with Muna Hassaballah from the SEZ's Burundi Competence Center.

The Burundian filmmaker Amani Papy visited the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) in the run-up to the Berlinale.

He showed his film “1972 Broken Hearts” at Cabaret Buja-BW, a regular event organized by the SEZ’s Burundi Competence Center. The documentary features orphans, widows, survivors and witnesses to the 1972 massacre. Around 250.000 people died in this genocide. Patrick Hajayandi's film, directed by Amany Papy, aims to help heal the wounds that this event has left in the collective consciousness of the Burundian population to this day.

Papy used his stay in Stuttgart for networking discussions, including with the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy, the Stuttgart Film Office and the Baden-Württemberg Foundation. “Perhaps this will lead to joint projects,” he hopes. By networking with the Baden-Württemberg and - through the Berlinale - international film scene, he wants to raise awareness of Burundi and strengthen Burundi's competitiveness in this area.

The Berlinale is also important to him personally. His first participation in 2009 was a real career booster for him. “It is an important network for me and connects me to the world. The Berlinale inspires me. Here I can share my passion for film with like-minded people. And it's also an important opportunity for me to get myself up to speed technically and to see what's new. The Berlinale Africa Hub in particular is for me and my country access to the European market and an important place for cultural exchange.”

The founder of the Burundi Film Center implements the innovations in his work. He is the first person in Burundi to use drones for filming, creating breathtaking images of the East African country.

The Cabaret Buja-BW with Amani Papy also gave the SEZ the opportunity to address new interested parties and win them over to the foundation's topics. And it was a way to strengthen the Burundian film scene. A big thank you to the Stuttgarter Weltcafé, which provided the premises for the event.

You can find out more about the Burundi Film Center here.


Donation from the Böblingen-Schönbuch Lions Club

Lions Club check presentation. Thomas Leonhardt, Susanne Pflüger, Philipp Keil and Ulrike Rödl (from left to right)

On the occasion of a lecture given by Philipp Keil, executive director of the SEZ, the Lions Club Böblingen-Schönbuch donated 500 euros to the SEZ. The donation will benefit the Zacchaeus House, a home for physically disabled children and young people in Gitega, the new capital of Burundi.

The president of the Lions Club, Ulrike Rödl, along with Thomas Leonhardt and Susanne Pflüger appeared to hand over the check. The SEZ passes on 100% of the money, without deducting administrative costs, to the Zacchaeus House, which will use it to build a livestock stable. The rabbits and goats are used both for self-sufficiency and for sale on the market to generate money for medicine, prostheses and school supplies.

details Information about this project can be found here (PDF download). If you would also like to support the project with your donation, you can do so here:


Green party group office donates to Burundi

Philipp Keil, managing director of the SEZ, receives a check from the hands of Hanne Niebuhr and Friederike Köstlin and the parliamentary group leader Andreas Schwarz (from left to right).

The employees of the Green Party parliamentary group office in the state parliament collected over 2.600 euros for Burundi at Christmas. On February 12th, parliamentary group leader Andreas Schwarz, together with Hanne Niebuhr and Friederike Köstlin, presented a check to the executive board of the SEZ, Philipp Keil.

The donations will benefit the primary school in Muyogoro, where the money will be used to renovate the sanitary facilities for the students. The school was built in 2011 with the support of the Action-Survive association for 400 students, including money from the SEZ. The number of children receiving lessons there has almost doubled. The school desks were also no longer enough. 

The Action Survive association was founded by people from the Burundian diaspora. Funding this project will improve the conditions for education in Burundi, but is also an example of partnership-based collaboration with committed people from Burundi who live in Baden-Württemberg.


Donated 1.000 euros for projects in Burundi

Klaus Freihart (2nd from left) hands over the donation check to Philipp Keil (1st from right) and Muna Hassaballah (2nd from right) on behalf of the family business Klaus and Matthias Freihart OHG.

Klaus Freihart handed over a donation check for 1.000 euros to the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ). The check was accepted by Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the SEZ, and Muna Hassaballah, Head of the SEZ's Burundi Competence Center.

The Freihart family from Ohmenheim in the Ostalbkreis traditionally sets up a donation box in their “Glühweinstüble” during the Christmas tree sale on their farm. After buying a Christmas tree, she invites customers to this parlor for free cookies, punch and mulled wine. Customers can enjoy the homemade delicacies and, if they want, donate to a project that supports the Freihart family. In 2019 it was the SEZ project work in Burundi. She supports various partnership projects there as part of the partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi.

The fundraising campaign raised 600 euros, and the Freihart family increased the sum to 1.000 euros. In previous years it supported Klaus and Matthias Freihart OHG the children's ward of the Heidenheim Hospital and the Pistorius School for children with disabilities.

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