Made in the tradition of such true-life political thrillers as MALCOLM X and JFK, Raoul Peck’s award-winning epic dramatizes the rise and fall of legendary African leader Patrice Lumumba. When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36-year-old Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the newly independent state but would last just months in office before being brutally assassinated.
Cast & Crew
- Andre Debaar - Walter Ganshof van der Meersch
- Rudi Delhem - General Emile Janssens
- Alex Descas - Joseph Mobutu
- Cheik Doukouré - Joseph Okito
- Eriq Ebouaney - Patrice Lumumba
- Mariam Kaba - Pauline Lumumba
- Dieudonné Kabongo - Godefroid Munongo
- Maka Kotto - Joseph Kasa-Vubu
- Pascal N'Zonzi - Moise Tshombe
- Theophile M. Sowié - Maurice Mpolo
- Awards & Accolades
- Best Foreign Film Nominee Independent Spirit Awards 2002
Reviews(see the best reviews)
Viewers who have visited Brazzaville will appreciate the earlier verson of airport architecture captured in the film, a brief relaxation of focus on an intense African post-colonial nightmare.
An interesting production. The script is lacking in dealing with character development yet this may have been absent due to the emphasis on action. Worth viewing.