Synopsis:
Fifty years after his assassination, Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, is back to haunt Belgium. Through commemorations, lectures and a return visit, a top-ranking Belgian civil servant who was in Elisabethville on that bloody day of 17 January 1961 attempts to exorcise the ghosts of the past. To the sound of St John Passion by J.S. Bach, Spectres plunges us into one of the blackest days of the Belgian Congo’s decolonisation. An examination of the biopolitical body as much as an historical inquiry, this feature-length film exposes the fine line separating legitimation and historiography.
Recent selection(s):
FIDMarseille
Etats généraux du Documentaire (Lussas)
RIDM - Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (Montréal)
Docudays UA - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Documenta Madrid (Madrid)
IndieLisboa - International Independent Film Festival (Lisbon)
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
DOCVILLE - International Documentary Film Festival (Leuven)
FIFPL - Festival International du Film Policier de Liège (Liège)
Recent award(s):
FIDMarseille
Filmer à tout prix (Brussels)
Director's filmography:
- Fierté nationale
- Spectres (2011 - Feature)
Type:
Feature
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2011
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
90'
Original Version:
Français
Majority:
Yes
Production:
Cobra Films