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Ferdinand, a 45 year old African living in Australia from Burundi doesn’t have an easy life. He does not speak English well and struggles doing job as a cleaner due to the language barrier. Ferdinand bases all his expectations on the future of his teenage son, Dieudonne, and his little daughter Aline. He wants them to study hard and embrace Australian culture and be successful.

Dieudonne does not care about his father’s dreams and is a known troublemaker at School.
When the School principal wants to expel Dieudonne, he misleads his father by telling him that he is doing remarkably well in his studies and as a reward the principal has given him some time off from School.

Ferdinand is delighted and showers his son with expensive gifts at a time when his salary has been reduced. The translator reveals the true content of the Principal’s letter to Ferdinand.

Ferdinand is furious at his son for deceiving him, ties him to a chair and punishes him with a whip. Dieudonne’s girlfriend, Michelle, calls the Police. They arrive and threatened to take both children away. Ferdinand believes it is his right to punish his own children forcefully when they do wrong, but that is not acceptable in Australia.

Ferdinand is depressed after this incident and blames Dieudonne for making his life miserable. Dieudonne realized he was wrong, deceived his dad and does not want to be taken away by the Police. He kneels down and apologies profoundly to his dad.

  • Fred Baheza
  • Fred Baheza
  • Charlotte Matilda Weber
  • King Hubert
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 55 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 12, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Other
  • Shooting Format:
    HD, 5D Canon
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Festicab - Burundi
    July 17, 2015
Director Biography - Fred Baheza

Am Ferdinand Niyongere, known as FRED BAHEZA. Fred is a Burundian born writer, Actor, Producer and Director, based in Perth Western Australia. Fred grew up in Tanzania after his family fled during the massacres in Burundi in the 1990’s.
In 2007, he moved to Australia and continued his secondary studies at North
Lake Senior Campus, in Perth. In 2010 after completing his secondary
studies, he moved to Melbourne to study Film and Television at Chilshom
Institute Frankston. In 2012, he returned to Perth, Western Australia where he
began working as a producer. During that time, he produced music and
wedding videos.
In 2013, he visited his homeland, Burundi, and made his first feature film
called Mama Mkaidi, a film that tells the story about the conflicts between
children and parents caused by inheritance. The films featured a combination
of great Burundian and Tanzanian actors. It was voted as the most watched
film in Burundi and won the award for best film.
In 2014, he wrote another short film which was produced in Western Australia
called Culture Shock. The movie focus on the importance to integrate when
you immigrate and embrace the culture of your adopted country. Culture
shock was screened at various separate occasions in Australia and Africa.
In September 2014 Fred was given an award as the Best Upcoming Film
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