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Lumumba (2000)

The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical ... See full summary »

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Documentary about African political leader Patrice Lumumba, who was Prime Minister of Zaire (now Congo) when he was assassinated in 1961.

Director: Raoul Peck
Stars: Patrice Lumumba
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Patrice Émery Lumumba
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Théophile Sowié ...
Maurice Mpolo (as Théophile Moussa Sowie)
Maka Kotto ...
Joseph Kasa Vubu
Dieudonné Kabongo ...
Godefroid Munungo
Pascal N'Zonzi ...
Moïse Tshombe
André Debaar ...
Walter J. Ganshof Van der Meersch
Cheik Doukouré ...
Joseph Okito
Makena Diop ...
Thomas Kanza (as Oumar Diop Makena)
Mariam Kaba ...
Pauline Lumumba
Rudi Delhem ...
Général Emile Janssens
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Francis Adam ...
Le maître d'hôtel
Olivier Bony ...
BAUDOIN
Alain Bouillé ...
Le pilote du Dakota
Pavel Dobrovsky ...
Belgian soldier
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The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical evidence, Haitian-born and later Congo-raised writer and director Raoul Peck renders an emotional and tautly woven account of the mail clerk and beer salesman with a flair for oratory and an uncompromising belief in the capacity of his homeland to build a prosperous nation independent of its former Belgium overlords. Lumumba emerges here as the heroic sacrificial lamb dubiously portrayed by the international media and led to slaughter by commercial and political interests in Belgium, the United States, the international community, and Lumumba's own administration; a true story of political intrigue and murder where political entities, captains of commerce, and the military dovetail in their quest for economic and political hegemony. Written by L. J. Allen-2

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27 September 2000 (Belgium)  »

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Lumumba, retour au Congo  »

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$24,625 (USA) (29 June 2001)

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$684,121 (USA) (14 December 2001)
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Stolen Images, published by Seven Stories Press, presents images from Raoul Peck's films and scripts, including Lumumba. See more »

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[first lines]
Patrice Émery Lumumba: [voice over narration] You never knew about that night in Katanga. No one was to know.
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A moving, true story of an African hero
29 September 2000 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

The story of how the (communist) leader who freed the Congo from Belgium imperialism was eliminated by the Western powers through the hand of Mobutu. A story of struggle and injustice, of hope and the search of freedom. The story could be the one of any African country. A very moving film with images full of symbolism and beauty. If you have to see only one foreign film this year, see this one.


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