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White King, Red Rubber, Black Death (2003)

Documentary about how King Leopold II of Belgium acquired Congo as a colony and exploited it by reign of terror.


Peter Bate


Peter Bate

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Credited cast:
Elie Lison
Roger May Roger May
Steve Driesen Steve Driesen
Tshilombo Imhotep Tshilombo Imhotep
Annette Kelly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dirk Beirens Dirk Beirens ... Himself
Nick Fraser ... Narrator
Guido Grysseels Guido Grysseels ... Himself - Director, Royal Museum for Central Africa
Elikia M'Bokolo Elikia M'Bokolo ... Himself (as Professor Elikia M'Bokolo)
Maria Misra Maria Misra ... Herself - Historian, University of Oxford (as Dr. Maria Misra)
Daniel Vangroenweghe Daniel Vangroenweghe ... Himself - Historian (as Prof Daniel Vangroenweghe)


Documentary about how King Leopold II of Belgium acquired Congo as a colony and exploited it by reign of terror.

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Dutch | English | French

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2003 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Valkoinen kuningas, musta kuolema See more »

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Black and White (archive material)| Color
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A forgotten genocide
29 July 2004 | by merikariSee all my reviews

This excellent documentary tells one of the saddest stories of the late imperialist era, the genocide in the Belgian Congo. The growing need for rubber meant death for millions as the Belgian king himself set up world's most efficient production line for rubber. The cruel systematic murder was carried out for the greed of one man.

The document is set up as an imaginary trial against king Leopold III played by an actor. The material of the prosecution is crushing but king Leopold listens to the horrific details of the mass murder of an entire nation without emotion, his face a mask of stone. This movie really stirred up emotions in me. How can things like these be forgotten? Even the Congolese themselves have forgotten their dark past. Some know of the great king that practically created the modern Congo, but few realize that he was personally responsible for the deaths of millions of their countrymen.

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