King Leopold's Ghost

Based on Adam Hochschild's book of the same title, this tautly constructed, information-packed 2005 documentary uses archival footage and photos to present the history of the Democratic Republic of Congo from the colonial era to the present as one of unspeakably brutal exploitation. Carved out of the jungle in the late 19th century by Belgium's King Leopold, who pitted native against native and used rootless orphans as soldiers, it was his personal property until he sold it to the Belgian state in 1908; even after independence in 1960 it was ruled by corrupt dictators and suffered through devastating civil wars. 104 min.

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