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Support the film about the fight of the Dr Mukwege against sexual violences!

About the project

This film project tells the story of Denis Mukwege, a Congolese doctor, and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee who always dreamt of becoming a gynecologist. However, he will risk his life to become the savior and the world’s leading activist for women who have been raped and mutilated in the Democratic Republic of Congo – a country in which women’s bodies have become a weapon of war. Guy-Bernard Cadière is a Belgium doctor who, at 33 years old, is diagnosed with leukemia. While locked inside a sterilized bubble, he develops a revolutionary operating technique – laparoscopy – even though he’s been given three years to live.

Panzi sheds light on the exceptional destiny of these two men who have changed the course of History.

This campaign aims to develop the film adaptation of the book PANZI written by Dr. Mukwege and Dr. Cadière, to which we have acquired the rights. These doctors are travelling the world to raise awareness against the barbarism that has so far mutilated nearly 500,000 women.

Equipped with immense natural and mining resources, this land contains gold, diamonds and especially coltan, an essential mineral for the manufacture of our mobile phones ... and yet this country remains one of the poorest countries in the world .

In this region at war since 1994 (a genocide that killed 6 million people), barbarism consists in using the body of the woman, infant or adult, and destroying it. Here one does not rape to satisfy a sexual impulse but to mutilate. With rape the family is annihilated, the woman is destroyed, rejected, left to be forgotten. In a culture where fertility is sacred, rape with the destruction of the woman's reproductive system has simply become the disintegration of society.

A population made slave under the eyes of a world that prefers to pretend to sleep!

With a film, we have the power, us, filmmakers, to touch and alert as many as possible. Fiction allows the viewer to identify with the characters, to live with them and to enter for a few hours in the most abject but also in the most beautiful that humanity has to offer.
With Panzi the film we do not want to treat horror with voyeurism or miserabilism even if we can not shield the barbarism, but we want on the contrary to address this drama by dedicating ourselves to the exceptional, to the force of humanity, the conviction and the courage of these men and women who have managed to create a little piece of heaven in hell.

Denis MUKWEGE was born in Bukavu in 1955 in the eastern province of Kivu, where he built the Panzi hospital. Son of a Pentecostal pastor, he went to study medicine in 1978 in Burundi before obtaining his first position at the Lemera hospital (DRC) in 1983 where he discovered the horror of maternal mortality. He decided to specialize in gynecology and left for Angers where he became quickly aware that he was the only black man in the city. Freshly graduated, he returned to the DRC to help women giving birth. But everything changed in 1994 when the Rwanda genocide broke out and crossed the Congolese border. Violence would no longer leave his daily life. In 1997, he persisted and created the Panzi Hospital. In 1999, he treats his first victim: a woman raped and mutilated .

To this day, he has operated on over 40,000 women, all survivors of sexual violence and mutilation within his hospital. In 2012, he was the victim of an assassination attempt, which forced him to flee his country once more. In January 2013, Congolese women mobilized for his return. He could not ignore their call and suffering and reintegrated the hospital where he now lives under high protection.

Denis Mukwege has obtained numerous prizes including the United Nations Human Rights Award, the Clinton Global Citizen Award and the Chirac foundation's Conflict Prevention Award and has been nominated three times for Nobel Peace Prize.

Guy-Bernard CADIÈRE was born in Brussels in 1956 to French parents. It is a comic book that made him want to become a doctor. Both a surgeon and a musician of reknown, Guy-Bernard pursued a committed and exceptional journey, juggling between surgical operations and international tours (saxophonist Vicktor Lazlo). At the age of 33 he was diagnosed with leukemia and given a 3 year life expectancy... Isolated into a sterile bubble, he took his saxophone and a computer.

Despite these circumstances, he began to develop, in the smallest details "laparoscopy", a revolutionary surgical technique, which, thanks to small incisions avoid large openings, with a lower infection rate, less risk and a faster recovery. Above all, it will allow access where the hand cannot reach.

His illness allowed him to view life differently and from this point on, small-mindedness no longer had a place in it. Henceforward, all his operations would be done by laparoscopy, which made him many enemies, resistant to this new operating mode.

Firmly convinced by the efficiency of this technique, Guy-Bernard excelled in this practice and became Professor at the University of Brussels, Head of Digestive Surgery at the Saint-Pierre Hospital Center and created in 1994 the European School of Laparoscopic Surgery.

The meeting with Denis Mukwege changed his life. For Denis, as well, the Belgian surgeon is a gift from heaven.

From now on, they would operate with four hands, in order to "rebuild" these survivors and restore their dignity.

Philippe GELUCK

Philippe Geluck is a Belgian humorist, writer, illustrator, actor, comic, star of stage and screen (the small one), and the French-speaking world's most popular and successful cartoonist. Most famously Geluck is the creator of Le Cat (or Le Chat as it is written on his birth certificate). Twelve million copies of his 20 albums have been sold since Le Cat was born 30 years ago.

A huge "thank you" Philippe for this incomparable gift ! We hope it will make many envious and happy!

What are the funds for?

Marie-Hélène Roux, writer and director whom I've produced since her beginning behind the camera, decided to write the script of Panzi in English language. It's an essential value to export the movie abroad and give the story a huge reach. Unfortunately, it does not allow me to apply to any subsidiary from the French Government, nor the SOFICAS which support only movies in French language at the stage of development. So, I develop and take on my own all the development expenses of this movie WHICH HAS TO be made. Your valuable contribution will allow me to continue this project and will help me :

- pay for the Ulule’s fee and the production costs of the compensations

- finance the research of the author

- approach an A-list actor who will give an essential visibility to this "necessary" movie. Requiring travel abroad and more particularly in the United States to approach an A list actor. 

- finance travels for interviews and scouting in Belgium and in Africa and hire two technicians

It is important to mention that no euro of this campaign will come back to me as a producer. At this stage, my only goal is to be able to carry out this project, which is so dear to me, to its completion. And that's why I will also donate 5% of the amount raised, to the Panzi Foundation.

If your interest in our film and your support exceeds our objective, we will be able, with the sums collected in addition, to return a larger sum to the Panzi Foundation, hire a larger team, including a Production Manager, a First Assistant Director, and an additional Location Scout. Each additional euro will bring us a little closer to the preparation of the film. So I'm counting on you. Thank you...

The film is at a development stage (before it goes into production), so unfortunately we can not offer the usual counterparts such as the screenplay, a visit to the set or an invitation for the premiere, but rest assure, we have many wonderful compensations to offer !

The Postcard of Le Cat created by Philippe Geluck exclusively for this campaign !

PANZI The BookSHORTAGE OF CHILDREN - Our awarded film!

The Bookmark PANZI, the film designed by Emmanuelle Dorot

Serigraphy numbered and signed by Philippe Geluck (limited edition 150 exp)

About the project owner

               Cynthia Pinet

I have an experience of 15 years in the French film industry and I've worked in prestigious companies such as PAN EUROPEENNE, or most currently MEMENTO FILMS. I also worked on movies with international success, such as “A Separationand “The Salesman” by Asghar Farhadi (Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film 2013 and 2017).

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Four years ago, I've created 1divided Films to develop movies which affect me and which deliver a message with the power to raise consciousness.

After having produced several short films, and a first feature film "Links Of Life" shot in Utah at the end of 2015, "Panzi " will be my second feature film.

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Marie-Hélène Roux (writer-director)

Marie Hélène Roux trained at the French National Conservatory, then with Dominique Leverd, to later attend the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles. She worked for several years on independent film production in Hollywood.

Returning to France, in August 2012, after 15 years in LA, she made her directorial debut with “A Deported Life” (25 minutes). In 2014, she wrote and directed “Shortage of Children” (42 minutes), with Marie Bunel and Vincent Winterhalter, a film inspired by true events during the 60's in France, known as “Les Réunionnais de Ia Creuse” released in France in May 2015. “Shortage of Children” was supported by the French Deputy from Reunion Ericka Bareigts and received an outstanding release on May 20th, 2015.

Marie-Hélène directed her first feature film “Links Of Life” in the U.S in the fall of 2015. She wrote “I Leave Here” with Award-Screenwriter Jennifer Deaton (Jack of the Red Hearts), and “Les Parenthèses du Sourire”, two feature films actually in development.

Marie-Hélène was born in Gabon and grew up in different African countries.


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