Reverend Father Hamel, Martyr of the Republic
By Alfred de Montesquiou
Monday 11 June 2018, at 7 pm
A national tragedy, but also a closed-door incident in a peaceful, provincial, little town – the assassination of Reverend Father Jacques Hamel remains a completely isolated and abnormal attack in French society. Alfred de Montesquiou’s documentary attempts to unpack both the story’s gruesome details and its symbolic impact – all the while remaining neutral, without any voice-over or off-camera narrator. Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray is filmed in such a way as to scrutinise how this tragedy’s key players – family members and friends of the victims, elected officials, priests, imams, police officers, ministers, etc – have come to understand the 26th of July 2016 attack and its impact on France.
Directed by Alfred de Montesquiou
Co-produced by Electron Libre & MatchProd
Born in Paris in 1978, Alfred de Montesquiou began his career as a journalist for the Associated Press in 2004, at first in Haiti and then as a war correspondent in Sudan, in the Middle East and in Afghanistan. He joined Paris Match in 2010 and covered most of the revolutions in the Arab Spring. He has written several travel books and articles, and has also made documentaries for ARTE and France Télévisions. He is now the director of the the production company Matchprod (Paris Match’s audiovisual subsidiary), and was awarded the Albert Londres print media prize in 2012 for his coverage of the civil war in Libya, as well as the Nouveau Cercle Interallié’s essay prize in 2013 for his book « Oumma, un grand-reporter au Moyen Orient », published by Seuil.
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