Charles de Bisesero

Charles de Bisesero

by Carole Messmer


I’ve left for Rwanda to make a documentary. There I met Charles, a young man who escaped from the genocide. We became friends and I decided to make a documentary on his story.The subject would be the story of Carole and Charles. To my utmost surprise, the reactions to my filmwork where strong and conflicting. By working on this project I would like to find out what is the relation between the intimate and the universal, my story and that of the genocide in Rwanda. Am I well place to tell the story of someone else? What are the limits of the political correct? What is exotism? Are we able to surpass our prejudgements? Will we always carry the burden of history?