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Mobutu, roi du Zaïre (1999)

Thiery Michel takes an in-depth look at the reign of Mobutu Sese Seko. A man of "modest roots" who had a Catholic upbringing, Mobutu was sent to the army by his father for insubordination. ... See full summary »

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Raymond Barre ...
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Jacques Chirac ...
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Valéry Giscard d'Estaing ...
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Thiery Michel takes an in-depth look at the reign of Mobutu Sese Seko. A man of "modest roots" who had a Catholic upbringing, Mobutu was sent to the army by his father for insubordination. Soon he would be Patrice Lumumba's right-hand man...

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2 June 1999 (Belgium)  »

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Mobutu, King of Zaire  »

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Mobutu - He was one bad mother***ker
11 October 1999 | by (Cork, Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty standard documentary aimed at an audience largely desenitised to the horrors of the modern world. it's a detailed account of the rise to power of the eponymous, cynical Congolese (Later, at his own whim Zairean) dictator, which doesn't pull any punches in identifying his benefactors in the CIA and European governments. It presents Mobutu as being an intellectually, if not morally complex figure, more so than Norman Mailar's description of him as "someone you wouldn't want to run into on a dark night" It won't tell an expert on Africa anything he won't already know about the history of the Congo, but it's got some fascinating footage, though there's no mention of the rumble in the Jungle


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