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Lumumba

6.7
94
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Original title
Lumumba
Year
Running time
115 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Raoul Peck, Pascal Bonitzer
Music
Jean-Claude Petit
Cinematography
Bernard Lutic
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Francia-Bélgica-Alemania--Haití; JBA Production / RTBF / Entre Chien et Loup / Velvet Films / Essential Filmproduktion / Arte France Cinéma
Genre
Drama | Biography. Based On A True Story. Historical. Africa. Politics. 1960s
Synopsis / Plot
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.
Awards
2001: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
Critics' reviews
  • "A great film and a great performance!."
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