Synopsis:
Three days in August 1914, the 22nd, 23rd and 24th. More than 5,000 unarmed Belgian women and men were massacred by regular units of the German army, their homes pillaged and burned. 8 Belgian towns, 83 villages and hamlets were destroyed in what appeared to be an outburst of madness and revenge. By invading Belgium on August 4th, 1914, the German Empire’s troops launched World War One and encountered unexpected resistance from the Belgian army. Why these mass murders of civilians? My film aims to answer that question. Behind the facts and figures, the words live on. The descendants of those slaughtered have not forgotten. Especially as the families have been unable to rebuild themselves following the massacres. In Dinant and 4 villages of the Gaume, they talk about the burden of these crimes against humanity over four generations, along with their sorrow and their rage over the lack of commemoration and recognition for the crimes and their consequences.
Director's filmography:
- Trois journées d'aout 1914. Les murs de Dinant (Feature)
- Tableaux dans un grenier (TV)
- Chômeur, pas chien ! (Feature)
- À mon père résistant : Marcel Duhen, entre le silence et l'oubli
- Marcourt, la mémoire secrète (1992 - TV)
- Marcourt, la mémoire secrète (STEN) (1992 - TV)
- L'énigme de la maison Mantin (2008 - TV)
- Trois journées d'août 1914. Villages contre l'oubli (2013 - Feature)
Type:
Feature
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2013
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
95
Majority:
Yes
Production:
Dérives
Distributor:
WIP - Wallonie Image Production