In the Democratic Republic of Congo
Also in partnership with RFI clubs and with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Association installed a new canvas in December 2019 in the Lusenda camp, located near Bukavu. The camp hosts more than 30,000 refugees from Burundi. Screenings are organized 5 times a week thanks to a projectionist trained on site by Les Ecrans.
The first sessions organized were greeted with enthusiasm by the populations. Our programming mainly includes family films for all audiences to reach as many people as possible.
In Goma, the "My film of hope" project was launched in December 2020. Its action is part of a cultural and educational program in orphanages, schools and establishments which support displaced and vulnerable children in conflict with the law .
6 orphanages, 4 schools and 1 prison for children now benefit from sessions. More than 2000 young people meet during the 4 monthly screenings and practice French during discussions around the films. The debates then promote a climate of listening and exchange and contribute to the psychological and social support of the children.
A cinema in the Panzi hospital
Today, Les Ecrans is embarking on a larger-scale project. The Association wants to build a "hard" cinema room that can accommodate 200 spectators, in a specialized hospital for women victims of the violence of the war. The hospital, located in Panzi, is run by Dr Muckwege, gynocologist and human rights activist, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
A film canvas accompanied by specialized programming for patients will help create a different daily life. The objective is to develop a therapeutic and educational cinema, with the collaboration of psychologists, specialized in contexts like that of Panzi. The films shown will therefore carry challenges and hope in a particular medical context.