Lumumba | Chicago Reader

Lumumba

This 2000 drama about the last months of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of an independent Congo, couldn't be more persuasive or moving if it were a documentary. The power is in the details, poetic and metaphoric elements that director Raoul Peck discovered through meticulous research (he also made the 1991 documentary Lumumba: Death of a Prophet). Parts of Africa are revealed in all their glory (the movie was shot in Zimbabwe and Mozambique), and the land's beauty and bounty are essential to the eloquent compositional and editing scheme, which makes obvious why there's been so much bloodshed in the Congo since 1885, when it became the "personal property" of King Leopold II of Belgium.

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