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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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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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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

Visa d'exploitation en France # 86742. 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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Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

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Lumumba - More Than Just Black and White.
23 August 2002 | by imxoSee all my reviews

To answer the question of a previous reviewer who asked the name of the U.S. official mentioned in "Lumumba", the name of the character is "Mr. Carlucci." Frank Carlucci is reported as having been at that time Second Secretary at the U.S. Embassy in the Congo. Subsequently, among other assignments, he was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Secretary of Defense, and is now the Chairman of the Carlyle Group. It's hardly surprising that Carlucci's biographical sketch on his www.carlylegroup.com web site fails to credit his service in the Belgian Congo. If his name was deliberately censored from the HBO version of "Lumumba" it may have been to avoid the possibility of HBO's being sued in U.S. courts. Carlucci's name, however, is clearly mentioned in the theatre version of "Lumumba" that I saw recently. In the event, I expect that he would deny any involvement in Lumumba's murder.

Others have commented on the evenhandedness with which the film "Lumumba" treats the parties concerned: Lumumba-supporters, other Congolese, even Belgians. A somewhat more sinister view emerges, I think, from the BBC documentary entitled "Who Killed Lumumba?", based on the book "The Murder of Lumumba" by Belgian historian Ludo de Witte. When examined closely, these films demonstrate that the fate of Lumumba and the history of the Congo is not just a matter of black and white. Only Lumumba's murderers believe that.


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