Guy Moeyaert is a well-meaning colonial official in a jungle district of the Belgian Congo in the last years of white colonial rule, after the Second World War, a paternalistic system where...
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Guy Moeyaert is a well-meaning colonial official in a jungle district of the Belgian Congo in the last years of white colonial rule, after the Second World War, a paternalistic system where the state, unable to be properly present all over the vast, sparsely populated country, collaborates systematically with the Roman Catholic missions -in his post, father Alexis- and private enterprise, in case mainly the mining company -locally represented by engineer Lenaers- which also helps out with money and labor for such public tasks as road building. Even his grip on the natives is weak, as they live under hereditary tribal leaders, which must take from its people what they are legally obliged to deliver to the state in taxes and labor; coercion is done by force, including whipping on the bare buttocks, which Guy hates. Guy also starts a love affair with Hélène Vermarcke, who gets estranged from her husband Luk (the three were already friends in Belgium) as he devotes all his efforts the ... Written by
First of all, it is a Belgian production starring classical Belgian actors who we see in many other Television programs and films of Belgian origin. Many of the actors have played roles in films like 'De Zaak Alzheimer' (wich is translated in English to ' the Memory of a Killer')
Why named Kongo? Because Kongo is how we called that colony in the 19-20th century, pretty obvious I guess. I gave 9 out of 10 because it gives a true sight on the history of the Belgian colony, this happens through eyes off colonists. It gives a realistic view of the oppression in African country's by European nations.
The best reason for being unknown is that the mini-series is played in dutch. Although with English subtitles I think that it would be well worth the time to watch it.
Even with this short review I have one conclusion: Good Belgian television is too unknown for its quality! Bravo!
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