France 2016, 52’ (O.V. with Italian and English subtitles)
Special screening, first Italian release
On 30th May 2016, Chad’s ex-ruler was convicted against crime against humanity. The judgment arrived after seventeen long years of campaign, which has been carried out by a group of lawyers who made of Habré’s incrimination their raison d’être. The documentary tells the trial’s story, something that initially seemed to be an impossible task and which has been the result of hard struggles sustained by the victims and supported by Reed Brody, an American “dictator hunter”. The legal battle revealed Habré’s crimes to the world; a man whose regime was based on torture and murder. Furthermore, the film shows “the other story”, the story that has not been discussed in court, neither by the civil parties, nor by the accused. It is the story of a revolutionary apprentice who then became a bloodthirsty autocrat with the consent of France and the United States – the two nations that not only brought Habré to power, but also armed and supported him till the end in order to fight the expansion of Mu’ammar Gheddafi’s Libya. The background to this story is represented by the final stages of the Cold War and by the first wailings of the sub-Saharan African war against terrorism. Thus, the documentary sheds light onto two interconnected chapters: the crimes of an African dictator and the secrets of the Western Powers ready to turn a blind eye on the situation in the name of geopolitical interests.