Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  82 minutes
Date:  2016
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; French; Arabic
Color/BW:  Color
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Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy

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An unprecedented feat in African history: the dictator of Chad, Hissein Habre, was brought to trial.

Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy

In 2013, former Chadian dictator Hissein Habre's arrest in Senegal marked the end of a long combat for the survivors of his regime. Accompanied by the Chairman of the Association of the Victims of the Hissein Habre Regime, Mahamat Saleh Haroun goes to meet those who survived this tragedy and who still bear the scars of the horror in their flesh and in their souls. Through their courage and determination, the victims accomplish an unprecedented feat in the history of Africa: that of bringing a Head of State to trial.

'Heart-stopping... Unflinching.' - The Guardian

'Concise, clearly told and deeply effective ... The film's classic, unadorned visuals contribute to a sense of the ineluctability of truth, furthered by straightforward editing guaranteeing that each story becomes a powerful testimony.' - Variety

'Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun captures the stirring and disturbing testimony of a handful of survivors who lived through Habre's dictatorship... By allowing them to tell their stories, Haroun is helping his country to finally mourn its own tragedy, while his warm and understanding approach offers up what feels like a path toward appeasement.' - Hollywood Reporter


** 2016 Cannes Film Festival
** 2016 Sydney Film Festival
** 2016 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
** 2016 Dokufest International Documentary Film Festival


Main credits

Haroun, Mahamat Saleh (film director)
Haroun, Mahamat Saleh (screenwriter)
Benãoit, Christine (editor of moving image work)
Mifsud, Nicolas (editor of moving image work)
Gilaizeau, Claude (film producer)

Other credits

Editors, Christine Benãoit, Nicolas Mifsud; production director, Claude Gilaizeau.

Distributor credits

A film by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Docuseek2 subjects

Conflict Resolution
Human Rights
Law and Legal Studies
Politics and Political Science

Distributor subjects

Conflict Resolution
Human Rights
Political Science


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