African Film Festival 2017: Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy

Film - Series | April 26 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The acclaimed Chadian director of Daratt and A Screaming Man turns to documentary with this moving work on his country’s healing and reconciliation, miraculously filmed while its former dictator Hissein Habré was standing trial for war crimes. Habré promised greatness for Chad, but like those of so many other dictators, his regime descended into paranoia and oppression, with countless people murdered by his secret police. A Chadian Tragedy is an act of witness in cinematic form, following a stately, ever-patient former prisoner as he speaks with fellow survivors. “Each story becomes a powerful testimony” (Jay Weissberg, Variety).