L'eau sacrée // Sacred water

My first documentary film is almost done ! Help me finish this project started over three years ago.

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L'eau sacrée // Sacred water



Sacred Water immerses you into contemporary Rwandan culture in the most intimate way : sex. Exploring more particularly female ejaculation in Rwanda.

Keep calm, it's not a porno doc. You will see a modern Rwanda rediscovering its heritage. A part of Africa that keeps surprising and teaching us.






Guided by Vestine, an extravagant star of radio nights, the film discovers Rwandan sexuality in search of the water that gushes out the female body. "Sacred Water" reveals with humor and spontaneity the mystery of female bliss. Did the Rwandans inherit another way of lovemaking, where female pleasure would be central ?


With all the lightness but also seriousness the subject requires, the film takes us to a modern Africa and its founding myths, and reflects our view about sex and pleasure in the Western World.




      "Arousing Woman, watering the hills and valleys with her warm dew..."





"Sacred Water" confronts the viewpoints of a rapidly changing society. From cities to villages, caught between two worlds, should these traditions still be passed down ? If yes, how ? Although part of  mainstream knowledge, these practices create controversy in today's society.


Focusing on their unique sexual practices, I create a lighthearted and mystical atmosphere. My aim is to stop portraying Africa as a patriarchal continent, where the men cheat on their wives, mutilate them sexually and live in miserable conditions.


This films also mirrors our own sexuality. Are we, in the Western World, as liberated as we believe ? Do we really share intimacy ? I'm not promoting these practices, but rather interested in the passing on of sexual traditions, from one generation to the next.




Director : Olivier Jourdain

Director of Photography : Christophe Rolin - Olivier Jourdain

Sound Recording and camera : Sébastien Wielemans - Olivier Conrardy - Olivier Jourdain

Editors : Mélanie Le Clech – Mathieu Piérart

Color grading : Benjamin Dontaine

Sound editing : Bertrand Le Roy

Translations : Providence Rwayitare - Malika Banyundo

Subtitling: FR: Anna Clarac

Music and Sound editing : Purple Airplane - Bertrand Le Roy et Stéphane Grégoire

Assistant director : Guy Ndoli

Graphic design: SquareFish

Producers: Nameless Productions

With the help of "Wallonie Image productions" and "Sens Uniek"







Passionate about Visual Anthropology, I studied Filmmaking in London (Brunel) as well as Anthropology in Leuven (KUL), after receiving a Masters in Communication in Brussels, IHECS.


I have been traveling to Sub-Saharan Africa for over 15 years. Those numerous travels have changed my views on this vast and diverse continent. From Mali to Madagascar, the Congo, Ivory Coast and Rwanda, I have had the opportunity to make numerous documentaries and promotional films for NGO's and local communities.


Non-exhaustive Filmography:


« 1001 days » (2010 // 10 min) : Director

 Cannes festival, Critic’s week, 2011 // Zagreb Film festival, 2012

« Kinshasa Mboka te » (2013// 52 min) : DOP, editor

 FIFF 2013 // Festival des Films du Monde 2013 // Zanzibar International Film Festival 2013 //Millenium festival 2013

« Ponaekhali » (2009 // 12min) : Editor

Moscow film festival, 2010 Murmansk film festival, 2011




Production year: 2016

Length : 57 min

Languages: Kinyarwanda, English

Aspect ratio: 16/9

Shooting format : HD COLOR

Distribution support : DCP

Archive footage: None









Waar dient de collecte voor

Produced by Nameless Productions, the film has received a post-production fund from "Wallonie Image Productions" (7500 euros) and has recently been bought by RTBF (Belgian Francophone National TV) for broadcast.


We now need at least 5000 euros to finalize the documentary. Any amount over the goal will be used to pay the team that has mostly worked for free.


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Therefore we need 5400 euros to achieve our goal.


How will the money be spent?


The money be used to pay some of the following positions.


Post-production :


Editing (5000) 

Sound editing (2500)

Sound mixing (1000) 

Color grading (1500) 

Original music (2000) 

Translations + subtitling (4000)

-- FR, ENG, DU, KW

Hardware and Supplies (500)

Graphic design (2000)


Total : 18500 euros





Posters (300)

DVD (1500)

DCP for distribution (500)

Promotion follow-up (1000)

Festival subscriptions (500)


Total : 3800 euros


TOTAL : 22300 euros


For any additional information :

Olivier Jourdain - ol.jourdain@gmail.com


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