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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 »
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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 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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Official Sites:

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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

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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A moving, true story of an African hero
29 September 2000 | by xuSee 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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