Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy

    • Mahamat Saleh Haroun
    • France / Chad
    • 2016
    • 82 min

    Synopsis

    The Chadian dictator Hissein Habré’s reign of terror lasted from 1982 to 1990. It was the domestic population of Chad that suffered, but this tragedy was thoroughly international in nature, because Western countries – particularly the United States and France – supported the dictatorship with both guns and money. People disappeared for all sorts of reasons into torture prisons run by the regime’s secret police force, the Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS). Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun wanted to document these virtually unknown events through the victims’ testimonies, so he visited some of them, accompanied by the chairman of the Association of the Victims of the Hissein Habré Regime. He gives them a voice and in some cases brings them into contact with former members of the secret police. On May 30, 2016, a Senegalese court sentenced Hissein Habré to life in prison for genocide, torture and other crimes against humanity. For the first time in world history, an African leader was prosecuted in another African country.

    Credits

    • 82 min
    • color
    • DCP
    Screening copy
    Doc and Film International
    World Sales
    Doc and Film International
    Director
    Mahamat Saleh Haroun
    Production
    Florence Stern from Pili Films
    Cinematography
    Mathieu Giombini
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    IDFA history

    2015
    Supported with €40000 for Europe: International Co-production
    2014
    Supported with €5000 for Classic: Development

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