L'Afrique en morceaux
April 1994 : genocide in Rwanda. 800,000 dead. Africa reached the end of the century left to its own devices, forgotten by the major powers, which were too preoccupied with post-Communism and the return of nationalism in the former Eastern bloc nations. It provided the opportunity for some leaders to break loose and upset the old order. A new Africa sought to be born in pain and convulsions. The film relates the history of this passionate and dramatic birth complete with acts of treachery, alliances, gambles, hatred and revenge. A history of tragedy and glory with a cast of characters that include the powerful, the ambitious and the treacherous, the reluctant heroes and the fallen despots. A dreadful history because, behind the stakes and the personal destinies, each decision, each error, each strategy immediately exacted a high price: hundreds of thousands of Africans perished, starved to death, deported or massacred. This reportage takes us behind the scenes of the tragedy that has scarred the Africa of the Great Lakes region since 1994. The first-hand accounts of those who started it, lived through it or suffered because of it reveal the complexity and the stakes both on the regional and international level.
Jihan El-Tahri, Documentary, France, 2000, 104 Min.
Produced by: Arte France Canal + Capa
Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Language: English, French
Director: Jihan el_Tahri
Jihan el-Tahri is an Egyptian-born, French filmmaker, author and news correspondent, residing in South Africa. She has authored, directed and produced award-winning documentary films, authored books and reported on political conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Jihan is a Member of the Executive Bureau of FEPACI (Federation of Pan-African Cinema) and Secretary General of The Guilde of African filmakers in the Diaspora. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (with honours) in Political Science and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science, both from the American University in Cairo. Speaking French, English and Arabic as well as some functional Spanish, Jihan was a correspondent/super stringer for US News & World Report covering the Middle East while residing in France. The main stories covered were: Return of Yasser Arafat to Gaza, Algerian Elections, Madrid Peace Conference, Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Gulf War). Jihan was also the the Tunis Special Correspondent for the Washington Post, The Financial Time (London), US News & World Report while in Tunisia. The main stories covered were" the PLO, Islamic Movements and Algeria. While living in Egypt, she was the Cairo correspondent for The Sunday Times (London) and correspondent for the Reuters news agency. The list of her films is endless. Some of the films she directed are: “Cuba: An African Odyssey” (2007), “The House of Saud” (2004), “The Price of Aid” (2003), “Regard Croise sur le Sida” (2002).