Boyamba/Belgique

Category |History, Investigative Journalism, Politics
Year | 2010
Country | Belgium
Running time | 60’
Format | HD BDIG 16/9
Production | Serendipity Films, Iota Production
Director | Dries Engels, Bart Van Peel


OR WHY A KING SHOULD NOT LOSE HIS SWORD.

50 years ago, the majority of African colonies gained independence from European powers. During the independence ceremony of the largest African colony, the Congo, a young man poses a brave act. He steals the sword of the white king, thus symbolically claiming the power. German photographer Robert Lebeck eternalized the incident in a single shot.

50 years later a film crew traverses the Congo in search of the sword and the man who stole it. They track down different suspects and hear amazing theories about the true meaning of the act. The quest finally leads to the heart of the rainforest, where their efforts are rewarded.

Boyamba is a compelling and true whodunit that digs into African religion and the heritage of colonisation.

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