Made in the tradition of such true-life
political thrillers as Malcolm X and JFK, Raoul Peck's award-winning Lumumba
is a gripping epic that dramatizes for the first time the rise and fall of legendary
African leader Patrice Lumumba.
When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36-year-old,
self-educated Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the
newly independent state. Called "the politico of the bush" by journalists
of the day, he became a lightning rod of Cold War politics as his vision of
a united Africa gained him powerful enemies in Belgium and the U.S. Lumumba
would last just months in office before being brutally assassinated.
Strikingly photographed in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Belgium as civil war once
again raged in the Congo, the film vividly re-creates the shocking events behind
the birth of the country that became Zaire during the reign of Lumumba's
former friend and eventual nemesis, Joseph Mobutu.
|France|2001|115 mins |dubbed in English|Raoul
"A powerful portrait and provides more than enough material for someone
like me who knew nothing."
-- Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Seeing it shouldn't be taken as some sort of educational
chore. Though informative, it also happens to be smashing good drama."
-- Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"CRACKLES WITH DANGER! SIMMERS WITH HOPE!" -
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
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