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Murder in Paris comes to Summer School 2022

6 Nov 2021 - 11:15

Murder in Paris: a four year journey for director/ producer Enver Samuel

It has been 33 long years since Dulcie’s assassination and there has been no justice for her and her family. This documentary finally gives her a voice and we are hoping it will be the catalyst to bring her name back into public discourse and play a role in reopening an inquest into her untimely death.

The film had its start in a chance meeting on Freedom Day 2017 in Bern, Switzerland where Samuel was attending the Visions du Reel Film Festival. During the Freedom Day celebration at the South African Embassy he struck up a conversation with Randolf Arendse whose brother was married to Dulcie's sister. He had seen Enver’s award-winning documentary about Ahmed Timol called Indians Can’t Fly. By the end of the evening, Enver had agreed to make a film about Dulcie with the blessing of her family. The film is the culmination of this four year journey and includes unique footage of the 30-year commemoration of Dulcie’s death in March 2018 in Paris as well as never-seen-before in South Africa archive images of this remarkable woman, activist and unsung struggle hero.

“Dulcie’s life is a reminder to current day South Africa that the purpose of all the sacrifices and struggles of the past were not in vain and that a fair and decent South Africa is still a possibility. Her story needs to be told, it’s a story that will inspire those who strive for democracy and social justice and highlight the role of a selfless unsung heroine”, says Samuel.

Murder in Paris unveils a number of complex issues that deal with the nature of liberation struggles, the moral and political questions and, critically, the gaps and silences in the telling of the story of the fight against apartheid. Through the telling of the story of this courageous and remarkable person, we are reminded in a powerful way of the immense sacrifices that people like Dulcie September and many others made to liberate us. Her personal and political integrity, her principled position, her moral courage and her vision for a better South Africa stands

as a strong reminder of how central these values are even today as we confront the agenda item: “unfinished business” of the past and the present. And on that growing list, the unresolved issues and unanswered questions that swirl around the murder of Dulcie September, must be writ large.

Dulcie September’s niece Nicola Arendse, upon viewing the documentary, was moved to say – “I saw my aunt talking for the first time – hearing her voice and seeing her “alive” in the video clips. That was very special, a poignant moment for me. I saw my aunt as a person who did what she did thoroughly and completely, till the task was done well. She asked questions and challenged those who needed to be challenged, even if it was to produce better work standards. The documentary speaks to her as a freedom fighter and as a person with her own unique character”.

About Enver Samuel:

Enver is an award-winning filmmaker involved in television production since 1994. He has a passion for telling the stories of unsung heroes and heroines of the South African struggle against apartheid