Fixed barricade at Hamdalaye crossing / Barrage d’arrêt fixe et fermé au niveau du carrefour Hamdalaye
In Conakry, Guinea, on September 28th 2009, the day of the first stage of the presidential election, security forces massacred 157 people at the Stade du 28 Septembre, the city’s main sports stadium. In 2018, filmmaker Thomas Bauer met a group of young plaintiffs who, frustrated by a lethargic official judicial process, set up rehearsals for the staging of a hypothetical trial on a terrace overlooking the city. Through mimesis, memory, and testimony, they readjust the jargon of the French legal system, using the processes of performance to establish a sense of togetherness, and to piece together the case as a form of both investigation and catharsis. Sounds and sights in the surrounding city punctuate their production. What emerges is both an exploration of how to reckon with histories of violence and injustice, as well as an effective allegory for officially orchestrated forms of political theatre.
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