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Editors:Augustijnen, SvenISNI
Brassinne, JacquesISNI
City of publisher:Bruxelles
Publisher:Auguste Orts
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
colonial administrators
political history
colonial history
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
About persons:Patrice Emery Lumumba (1925-1961)
Jacques Brassinne de La Buissière (1929-)ISNI
External link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ivHP8N90Qk
Abstract:Fifty years after his assassination on 17 January 1961, Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, is back to haunt Belgium. Through commemorations, encounters and a return visit, a top-ranking Belgian civil servant who was in Elisabethville at the time, Sir Jacques Brassinne de La Buissière, attempts to exorcise the ghosts of the past. This documentary plunges us into one of the blackest days of the Belgian Congo's decolonisation. The film exposes the fine line separating legitimation and historiography and the traumatic question of responsability and debt. As a supplement to the film a book offers additional information, containing an interview with Jacques Brassinne, two open letters published in the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, a text from historian Ludo de Witte, who wrote the book 'The assassination of Lumumba' (1999), which led to the institution of a parliamentary commission of inquiry into the death of Patrice Lumumba, and a text from Emmanuel Gerard, member of this commission. Lastly, a large section of images from Jacques Brassinne's archives complete the book. [Abstract ASC Leiden]