Completed Films

Boma-Tervuren, the journey

A Film by Francis Dujardin

- Producer -

Synopsis
The extraordinary and tragic saga of 267 congolese, brought to Brussels for the 1897 World’s Fair. After some four months of travel towards Belgium, they are exhibited before a million visitors. Subjected to the crushing gaze of the "whites" and the cold climate many fall prey to disease... some lose their lives. The dead were hastily dispatched in a common grave, sparking a fierce debate in Belgian society. The project was overblown, but necessary in the eyes of the first colonisers, who presumed to have tamed the far-flung savages... One hundred years later, Congolese compatriots return to the scene of these events and question the "whites" of today on the incredible story of that "human zoo". They carry out the ritual of "a return to the earth" by way of reparation for too great a hurt... A film that revisits a century of stereotyped conceptions about the Africans. And running through it, the almost aching question : "How is today different ?"

Product guide
Documentary
54 min
Color
Betacam Dg 16/9
Original Version : French and Dutch

Film Crew
Director : Francis Dujardin
Cinematographer - D.O.P. : Louis-Philippe Capelle
Sound : Marc Engels
Editor : Eva Houdova

Producers
COBRA Films

Coproduction
RTBF
VRT/Canvas
WIP

With The Support
Communauté française de Belgique
CEE DG développement

Press
Boma_Cinergie-1.pdf
Boma_Africultures.pdf

Award
Festival International de Genève "Média Nord-Sud" (Suisse),
Festival international de Bruxelles (Belgique)

Broadcasts
RTBF, VRT, Canal+ (Belgique), Histoires (France), TSR (Suisse), Historia (Canada), MTV3 (Finlande)

Festival (s)
Cinéma indépendant de Bruxelles (Belgique), Racines noires Paris 2002 (France), Deutsches Filmmuseum Africa Alive Festival 2006 (Allemagne)