Al Jazeera, Witness - Antoine: A Journey from Hell (The story of a Congolese theatre student turned revolutionary who spent years in prison for a crime he did not commit)

Filmmakers: Arnaud Zajtman and Marlène Rabaud

In 2002, Antoine Vumilia, a political officer in the regime of Laurent Kabila, the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, was sentenced to life imprisonment for supposed involvement in Kabila's assassination.

Detained in Makala Prison, Kinshasa - considered to be the worst prison in Africa - Antoine endured nine years of dehumanising brutality before managing to escape.

Witness joins Antoine in Brazzaville as he waits for his claim for political asylum in Europe to be accepted and fills in the time by returning to his first love, theatre directing.

Including footage shot secretly inside Makala Prison, this is a disturbing and moving portrait of what it means when your rights are stripped away and you lose everything, including your country.

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