Saturday, 11 April 2009

Maddie: What Lies Beneath The Truth.

Recently, Gerry McCann has been back in Praia da Luz, Portugal, for the filming of a reconstruction of the events of May 3rd, 2007, when Madeleine McCann disappeared from her bedroom. This will be screened by Channel 4 in May.

On Monday of next week, Portuguese TV channel, TVi, will screen a documentary based on Goncalo Amaral's book, "A Verdade da Mentira." (The Truth of the Lie.) Here is the trailer for the programme.

Madeleine McCann disappeared on May, 03 2007.

For the first time this documentary re-enacts the events of that night, a night that hit the news worldwide and grabbed the people's attention for so long.

Gonçalo Amaral, the chief investigator, presents his version of the events and all questions are answered by interviewing the main participants in the story.

Did the witnesses speak the truth?

What are the main inconsistencies?

What did the forensic tests reveal?

Why did Maddie's case reach a dead end?

Experts were consulted, and all scientific and forensic evidence found were thoroughly examined. Investigation material never yet shown is presented.

Two re-enactments at Vila da Luz, shed light on what has happened to Madeleine McCann, that Thursday night, May 3, 2007.

After 27 years on the force, Gonçalo Amaral retired in July 2008 to regain his full freedom of expression about the case, and do his best to help uncover the whole truth and to see justice done.

Based on Gonçalo Amaral book: A Verdade da Mentira - The Truth of the Lie.

Source: Valentim de Carvalho

Duarte Levy comments on the two documentaries.

"It was only after being aware that the documentary inspired on the book “Maddie: The Truth of the Lie” was soon going to be broadcasted on Portuguese TV that the McCanns understood the urgency to show the British public their version of the story. This information was now confirmed by a source close to the couple who added that ‘the campaign launched in the Algarve was only a way to prepare and justify the documentary that they want to show the British public as soon as possible”.

If the documentary with Gonçalo Amaral’s version is going to be the first to be aired in Portugal, even before the second anniversary of Maddie’s disappearance, the version given by the McCanns has already guaranteed a wider broadcasting in Europe: Channel 4 is broadcasting the documentary recently filmed in Praia da Luz and several contracts have already been negotiated, including in Portugal, where the channel chosen was SIC.

Based on the book by the former man in charge of the official inquiry into Maddie’s disappearance, taken off the case due to political pressures exercised on the highest level within the English government, the documentary by Multimédia Valentim de Carvalho doesn’t not contain much new information but, through the strength of the footage, completely destroys the version of an alleged abduction, like Kate and Gerry McCann always insisted happened.

Available in Portuguese and English, the documentary by Multimédia Valentim de Carvalho was directed by Carlos Coelho da Silva, produced by Manuel S. Fonseca and written by Nuno Ramos de Almeida.

Duarte Levy