Lumumba

Director: Raoul Peck
Country: Belgium, France, Germany, and Haiti
Year: 2000
Running Time: 115 min.
Language: French and Lingala

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Lumumba is a dramatic portrait of a man’s courageous fight for his country’s independence. Almost forty years after Patrice Emery Lumumba’s assassination, this African tragedy has a haunting relevance for modern audiences. This historical thriller opens with the gruesome demise of Lumumba, the charismatic first leader of the newly independent Zaire. In this scene, Lumumba’s body, along with those of two of his closest allies, is being dismembered in order to destroy all traces of the man and his ideals.