RED - The Sorrows of Belgium III: HOLY WAR
On Tuesday 22 March 2016, Belgium was hit by a large-scale terrorist attack. Suicide bombers detonated two bombs at Zaventem airport, and there was also an explosion in the Brussels underground railway network. The attacks left 35 dead and 340 wounded. The perpetrators were IS terrorists, returning from the war in Syria. They used nail bombs to cause as many casualties as possible. The terrorist cell was linked to the attacks in Paris in November 2015. “Our country is facing a severe ordeal,” announced the Prime Minister, Charles Michel. In solidarity, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the Royal Palace of Amsterdam were temporarily wrapped in the Belgian flag.
In his trilogy, The Sorrows of Belgium, the director Luk Perceval focuses on dark episodes in Belgian history. Black was about the exploitation of the Congo under Leopold II. Yellow looked back at the 1930s, when fascism erupted all over Europe and some of the Belgian population collaborated with the German occupiers. The third and final part, RED, is about violence in the heart of society: an attack on the Belgian capital, not so long ago. Each colour in the flag brings history closer to the present. And as he did in the previous parts of the trilogy, Perceval tells this story through a range of testimonies.
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There is the interrogation of Ibrahim, the confused father of a terrorist. There are the fiery letters from Nour, a girl who goes to Syria for love and gives birth to a daughter there. These are just two of the voices in a choir made up largely of inner monologues. So rather than reconstructing the facts, RED becomes a study of violence: what precedes a terrorist attack? Which narratives are dominant, particularly in the media? What are the foundations of violence on which the West has been built, generation after generation? The issue is more complex than the news reports suggest. Choices must also be made on the political front: how will society deal with the children of IS fighters detained in camps in Syria? Will they be repatriated or not? Or will they become, in the words of the new Prime Minister, Alexander De Croo, “the terrorists of tomorrow”? Can humanity purge itself of violence?
- 24 May 22 — Trouw - "in België heerst een cultuur van je kop in het zand steken" - (interview Luk Perceval over 'Red')
- 10 May 22 — Focus Knack - "De sprakeloos makende stilte van van 22 maart" - (recensie 'Red' ***)
- 18 May 22 — Het Nieuwsblad - "De geur van bloed en metaal" - (recensie 'Red') ***
- 18 May 22 — De Tijd - "De versplinterde wereld van Perceval" - (recensie 'De Tijd')
- 18 May 1818 — De Morgen - "Luk Perceval gaat in 'Red' op zoek naar de mens achter de wreedheid" - (recensie 'Red' ***)
- 18 May 1818 — De Standaard - "Een versplinterde mozaïek" - (recensie 'Red') ***
- 29 Apr 22 — Deutschlandfunk Kultur (DUI) - "Miserie kent geen religie" - (recensie 'Red')
- 27 Apr 22 — Culture Club (Radio 1) - "Hoe kan het dat er zoveel geweld is in ons braaf landje?" - (itv Luk Perceval over 'Red')
- 27 Apr 22 — Le Soir - "Red: derrière le chagrin des Belges, des humiliations individuelles" - (voorbeschouwing 'Red')
- 27 Apr 22 — De Morgen - "Is de bommengooier alleen maar de grootste klootzak?" - (itv Peter Seyaneve over 'Red')