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Echoes From a Somber Empire (1990)
"Echos aus einem düsteren Reich" (original title)

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Documentary examining Bokassa's rule in the Central African Republic using the testimony of witnesses and visits to key sites.

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Documentary examining Bokassa's rule in the Central African Republic using the testimony of witnesses and visits to key sites.

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Echoes From a Somber Empire (1990)

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Werner Herzog documentary about Central Africa's rule under Bokassa, which includes stories of torture as well as the leader being a cannibal. We are led through the documentary by a man named Michael Goldsmith who was tortured and imprisoned by Bokassa and now, since the leader is in jail, he goes back to get some answers. Various people from those tortured to the children of Bokassa are told and some in vivid detail. We're also shown a kitchen where it's said Bokassa would have people cooked on the huge stoves and then stored in the fridge. At the start of the documentary Herzog tells us that Goldsmith would go missing before the film was released.


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