Synopsis:
On November 24th, 1964, 546 Belgian paracommandos were dropped on Stanleyville (now known as Kisangani) in the Congo, to liberate several hundred Europeans, mostly Belgian, who were being held hostage by the Simba Rebellion. Despite their intervention, thirty- odd men, women and children were massacred by the rebels. On that day, Brigitte Peneff, just 7 years old at the time, and her little sister, miraculously escaped death. Their uncle Marco was not so lucky. He was killed before their very eyes. 50 years after the events, Brigitte returns to the city of her birth in the Congo for the first time. Returning to the place of her shattered childhood stirs up deep emotion. She visits her house and the Hotel des Chutes, where she was imprisoned for several weeks as a hostage with her family and 300 other Belgians. She also discovers the Congolese side of the story.
Director's filmography:
- Un exil à Londres (TV)
- Moi, Léonie Cooreman (TV)
- Un simple maillon (2003 - TV)
- Little miss Nobody (2014 - TV)
Type:
TV
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2014
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
55'
Production:
Les Films de la Passerelle