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Lumumba (2000)

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The true story of controversial leader of independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

Director:

Raoul Peck

Writers:

Pascal Bonitzer, Dan Edelstein (English dubbed version) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Eriq Ebouaney ... Patrice Émery Lumumba
Alex Descas ... Joseph Mobutu
Théophile Sowié Théophile Sowié ... Maurice Mpolo (as Théophile Moussa Sowie)
Maka Kotto ... Joseph Kasa Vubu
Dieudonné Kabongo Dieudonné Kabongo ... Godefroid Munungo
Pascal N'Zonzi Pascal N'Zonzi ... Moïse Tshombe
André Debaar André Debaar ... Walter J. Ganshof Van der Meersch
Cheik Doukouré Cheik Doukouré ... Joseph Okito
Makena Diop Makena Diop ... Thomas Kanza (as Oumar Diop Makena)
Mariam Kaba Mariam Kaba ... Pauline Lumumba
Rudi Delhem Rudi Delhem ... Général Emile Janssens
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Francis Adam Francis Adam ... Le maître d'hôtel
Olivier Bony ... BAUDOIN
Alain Bouillé Alain Bouillé ... Le pilote du Dakota
Pavel Dobrovsky Pavel Dobrovsky ... Belgian soldier
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Storyline

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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Country:

France | Belgium | Germany | Haiti

Language:

French | Lingala | English

Release Date:

27 September 2000 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Lumumba, retour au Congo See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,625, 1 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$684,121, 16 December 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Raoul Peck had already made a film about Lumumba in 1992: "Lumumba, la mort du prophète", but it was a documentary. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

Frank Carlucci, who was second secretary at the U.S. embassy in the Congo at the time of Lumumba's assassination, is portrayed in one scene discussing the murder with U.S. Ambassador Clare Timberlake and several Belgian and Congolese officials. Carlucci threatened to sue U.S. distributor Zeitgeist Films if his name was not removed from the movie. Zeitgeist was too small to fight any potential lawsuit, so all non-theatrical U.S. releases of the film (including the version shown on HBO and potential VHS and DVD releases) have Carlucci's name bleeped from the dialogue and masked in the closing credits. See more »

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Moving, sad, fascinating
22 October 2001 | by debitspreadSee all my reviews

Wow. What a fabulous film. The artists are to be congratulated and thanked for making this whole era come to life.

Should you go to this movie? Well, my wife didn't want to go because she guessed that it would be upsetting. She was correct: It IS deeply upsetting to see cruelty, treachery, panic, wobbly social institutions, etc.

On the other hand, there's nothing like a strong dose of the truth. I don't know enough Congolese history to have an opinion on the accuracy of this tale, but the movie certainly had an emotional truth to it.

In fact, it reminded me of something Meryl Streep once said. She mentioned that the purpose of a movie is to tell you what it felt like to be there -- wherever "there" might happen to be. By that standard, this movie succeeded. The film showed me -- a white guy from an American suburb -- what it means to have guts and commitment to high ideals during the most chaotic of times.

If that sounds intriguing to you, go see "Lumumba"!


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