A gripping epic that dramatizes, for the first time, the rise and fall of legendary African leader Patrice Lumumba. When the Congo declared its independence from Belgium in 1960, the 36 year old self-educated Lumumba became the first Prime Minister of the newly independent State. Called "the politico of the bush" by journalists of the day, he became a lightning rod of Cold War politics as his vision of a united Africa gained him powerful enemies in Belgium and the US. Lumumba would last just months in office before being brutally assassinated. Strikingly photographed in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Belgium, as civil war once again raged in the Congo, the film vividly re-creates the shocking events behind the birth of the country that became Zaire during the reign of Lumumba's former friend and eventual nemesis, Joseph Mobutu. This is the original, full-length version, in French, with English subtitles. DVD extras include excerpts from director Peck's 1991 documentary Lumumba: Death Of A Prophet; historical timeline and background on the Congo; bio-filmographies of the filmmakers and stars; story and production notes; and the original theatrical trailer.
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