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Lumumba

When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36-year-old, self-educated Patrice 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.

Year: 2000
Genre: Foreign Language Films, French Cinema, Film Festivals 2002, Racial Intolerance
Country: France
Director: Raoul Peck
Starring: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas
Duration: 115 Minutes
Rating: M - Contains medium level violence.
Subtitles: Yes
7.2/10
Location in store: Foreign (France)

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