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Gossanna cave siege tragic tale of betrayal

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Volume 18, Issue 2

October, 2012

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Robie, D. (2012). Gossanna cave siege tragic tale of betrayal. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(2): 212-216. Review of Rebellion [l’Ordre at la morale], directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Nord-Ouest Films, 2012 [English version]. 136min. www.
Docudrama feature film
Author(s): David Robie
Publication date: 
October, 2012

When the headlines hit France in April 1988 about the critical turning point in ‘les évènements’ down under in New Caledonia, maverick filmmaker Mathieu Kassovitz was just 18. He remembers the gritty images of the Gossanna cave siege on television. Indigenous Kanaks were reported to have massacred a quartet of gendarmes with machetes and shotguns and taken 27 others hostage (three others were captured later). There were also false reports of alleged decapitations and rape on Ouvéa in the remote Loyalty Islands.