Performed by: Freddy Sabimbona
Director: Gabriel Mujimbere

"Déchirement" is the story of a troubled man, a man torn in two pieces as the image of a strife-torn nation over already half a century. A man alone on stage for an hour will revisit the country’s history: the arrival of the first white fathers, Christianity, the royal monarchy, ethnic division and so on. As he speaks, we realize that the past and present become a mixture, as beyond History there is this latent anxiety of a father who asks himself about "the legacy he’ll leave to his son.

“Déchirement” is an autobiographical story through which everyone can reflect himself. A common story made of death, blood, tears, but mostly ... misunderstanding. Story emphasizes on that one "black"year, 1972, a year when the Hutu intelligentsia was decimated. Through fear, fear of the other that is not other than self ... In a country that is still recovering painfully from twelve years of civil war, "Déchirement" calls that part of humanity buried within us and that is often ignored, so it bends under the rubble of our own experience. It shows us that a man can have more vile in him, more treacherous with just a single statement at the end, marked in blood letter: "Never again. " A rotating loop.

Freddy Sabimbona has long been torn between football and theater; but, galvanized by the applause and cheers at the end of every performance, he eventually chose the stage. Playing his face like a musical instrument, he can capture even the most elusive emotion. His precision and skill have been recognized at every level and made him a leader in his field. Sabimbona’s work can be seen in several of Patrice Faye’s comedies : Les Fusillés (2004), Les Hutsis (2005), L’Etrangleur de Kiriri (2006), and Un jeune homme responsable s’abstient (2007).

He also performed in Faye’s staging of Le retour du jeune homme responsable qui s’abstient (2008). In 2007, Sabimbona received first prize for his original script. Condemning a man’s internal dialogue as he wrestles with how to behave towards a beautiful girl. In 2009, his company offered two short pieces: Quitte ou Double addressing the obstacles facing his younger contemporaries in a conservative Burundian society; and Chérie, ce n’est pas ce que tu crois about the pangs of jealousy. That same year, during the two weeks of « Exprimez-vous ! » (“Speak up!”) he performed an original series of impromptu literary pieces on freedom of expression, Ouvrez grand vos oreilles ! (Open up your ears!) in the library and spaces of the Cultural Center of Bujumbura.

Sabimbona has done commercial spot work as well as appearing in the role of the journalist in Canadian Robert Morin’s 2009 film Journal d’un coopérant. That same year, he played the “man in training” in Ivan Goldschmidt’s Nawewe, a story about ethnic extremism in Burundi in 1994. It was inspired by the true account of Jean-Luc Penning, who was seriously wounded in an ambush. The film was awarded Best Public Documentary in Belgium and is currently being screened in various festivals; it was also nominated for an Oscar in February.

Sabimbona’s other credits include: Le sixième commandement (The Sixth Commandment) by Francine Niyonsaba (2012); « Welcome Home » by Joseph Ndayisenga (2013); and Best Actor for his most recent film from the International Festival of Film and Audiovisual in Burundi (Festicab).


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