Walter Stokman's The West Lusaka Man joins The Thin Blue Line and other recent documentaries that make a case for the innocence of those unfairly accused of homicide. Unlike Line, however, Stokman's film remains more open-ended, less definitive. In the late summer of 2001, Roel Goosen was a Dutch businessman with the world at his feet and a fiancée on his arm. The woman in question hailed from the country of Zambia in southern Africa, which prompted Goosen to pay her a fateful visit in late August of the said year. On August 30, 2001, Goosen claims that he walked down to a nearby bar to catch a cab out to meet his fiancée; the remainder of events that transpired are a blur, but the next morning, he found himself jailed and accused of the homicide of a local woman -- the allegations backed, speciously, by two alleged witnesses who claim to have seen "a white man" with a rifle near the woman's house. As Goosen's family and fiancée struggle in vain to free him from the clutches of the Zambian government, questions linger about Goosen's innocence or guilt. Potentially incriminating facts come to light, such as the accused's ownership of a rifle and his military background, but it remains uncertain if he could murder another human in cold blood, and if so, what his motivation could possibly be.
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