In April 1988 I visited several islands in the South Pacific. I was 9 years old at the time and the one vivid memory I have of that trip was our time in New Caledonia. The place was heavily occupied by the military and I will never forget being faced with heavily armed soldiers at every turn. My father reassured us that we were safe and so being 9 years old I believed him and never thought much of it. But those images have stuck with me and it's only now, 25 years later, that I realise that a major rebellion was taking place and an international situation was unfolding. Rebellion is a French film that chronicles this event. Being a French territory, a group of Kanaka (indigenous people) separatists killed 4 officials and took another 27 hostage in the jungle. In response the French government launched an attack and killed the insurgents and the incident became a significant moment in the people's fight for independence. The film's main strength lies in it's opening scenes. It begins with the bloody attack, letting the viewer know exactly how the story ends and we are then taken back to follow the 9 days leading to this point. Director and actor Mathieu Kassovitz plays the lead role of a French negotiator who attempts to fine a peaceful resolution. He's caught between and rock and hard place and Kassovitz's performance is outstanding. In fact the entire film is outstanding. It's a true story that the French government would prefer people not know about and the film undertook several years of talks with both French and Kanakas representatives. At the time the world press were reporting the Kanakas to be a savage terrorist organisation when they were actually peaceful freedom fighters who's 1988 infiltration of a military base turned to bloodshed out of panic. This film represents them. Echoes of the Balibo incident come to mind when watching Rebellion and while there's not a lot of information to be found about the events on the internet, you feel that the story is being told faithfully. Excellent script, well paced and incredible combat sequences make Rebellin essential viewing. Check it out.