Murder in Paris

“Five” Feet Underground!

Murder in Paris Review: “Five” Feet Underground!

“One, two, three, four, five!” The number of bullets fired in the opening scene of the bold new documentary Murder in Paris (2021) directed by award-winning South African filmmaker, Enver Samuel.

Moments after these shots are fired, Murder in Paris introduces the audience to the shocking news of the assassination of Dulcie September, the anti-apartheid activist who was killed on the 29th of March 1988, in the ANC offices in Paris.

Enver’s thrilling documentary goes on to show just how much international buzz Dulcie September the ANC chief representative for Luxembourg, Switzerland and France- at the time of her death-  was able to generate after she was gunned down while retrieving her mail.

Years later and Dulcie September’s death is still an on-going investigation. Several cases have been opened since her murder, not one of them conclusive. The documentary goes into detail teasing out some of these suspects as well as the leads that have up till now led to dead ends.

The first of these investigations was commissioned by the French government after dallying for about four years. South Africans who may have hoped that closure would arrive at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission were set up for disappointment once again. The investigation remained inconclusive, the evidence declared incomplete. The question at hand remained, “Who killed Dulcie September?”

Thirty-three years later, and Enver Samuel’s film does a thorough job of raising awareness to this apartheid hero. Murder in Paris re-opens the case through film, touching on real aspects of the activist’s life. Will it be enough though to put the ghost of Dulcie September to rest? Only time will tell.

This story emanates from the Talent Press, an initiative of Talents Durban in collaboration with the Durban FilmMart. The views of this article reflects the opinions of the film critic Thabisa Ngcobo