Lamentations of Judas

Boris Gerrets / Documentary / Completed
Nederlands Film Festival, 2020 - Best long documentary

Black Angolan soldiers, known as ‘The Terrible Ones’, once fought white South Africa’s colonial wars as part of the notorious 32 Battalion. Repatriated to South Africa at the end of the 1980’s, some of the ex-combatants still languish in the ruins of Pomfret, a former asbestos-mining town remotely situated at the edge of the Kalahari Desert.

When the town’s dilapidated buildings turn into a film-set and the ex-soldiers become actors in the Biblical story of Judas Iscariot, it prompts a confrontation with their past. Pivoting between Biblical myth and present-day reality, the film pulls into focus the paradox of being both perpetrator and victim. It reflects upon the notion of betrayal and free will, while providing a compelling view of those at the margins of history. During the course of the film, the prevalent voice of Judas eventually merges into the voice of the filmmaker, interrogating the fundamentals of human existence.


Development financed by
Dutch Cultural Media Fund, Netherlands Film Fund
Realisation financed by
NPO fund, Netherlands Film Fund, Netherlands Film Fund Production Incentive, CoBo
Coproduction with
KV Films (NL)
Les Films d'Ici (FR)


Boris Gerrets
EOdocs (in association with ARTE France – La Lucarne)
Nic Hofmeyr
President Kapa
Boris Gerrets


Movies that Matter, 2020
Encounters, 2020
Nederlands Film Festival, 2020
DOK Leipzig, 2020

Awards / Nominations

Nederlands Film Festival, 2020 - Best long documentary


Director: Boris Gerrets (1948 – 2020)


Length: 55 & 96 minutes