Lamentations of Judas

Boris Gerrets

Netherlands, The, France 2020, 93 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Portuguese, English

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

The men of ‘32 Battalion’ were black Angolans fighting for white South Africa. Many of them were just boys back then. Now they spend their lives in the desert town of Pomfret, struggling with doubts and regret. Can there be redemption for these men?

After the MPLA won Angola’s war of independence in 1975, many of its defeated enemies from the FNLA went on to fight for the South African army. Known as 32 Battalion, nicknamed ‘The Terrible Ones’, they fought in the service of the Apartheid regime against their black compatriots.

Now the men tell their stories in Pomfret, an abandoned desert town where only they live, in squalid circumstances. Pomfret is also the backdrop for the re-enactment of the story of Jesus Christ and Judas Iskariot, in which the men play the disciples. Do they identify with the Romans who arrested Jesus? Or with Judas, personification of betrayal? The faces of the men tell a thousand stories: stories of heartache and regret, of doubt and pain. As one of them says: ‘The suffering is too much. And we suffer for nothing.’

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Official website: http://www.cinemadelicatessen.nl/film/lamentations-of-judas

Productions:

Witfilm

info@witfilm.nl

+31206885049

www.witfilm.nl

Dutch distribution:

Cinema Delicatessen

info@cinemadelicatessen.nl

+31204207123

www.cinemadelicatessen.nl

Talkshows & debates

Lamentations of Judas: public opening

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 21:00

Lamentations of Judas: talk about good and evil, doubt and regret.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 15:30

After the screening of Lamentations of Judas, we talk about good and evil, doubt and regret at the time of South Africa's colonial war in Angola.

Lamentations of Judas: talk about good and evil, doubt and regret.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 20:15

After the screening of Lamentations of Judas, we talk about good and evil, doubt and regret at the time of South Africa's colonial war in Angola.