Political thriller about Patrice Lumumba, the first Prime Minister after Congo gained its independence. This epos looks back at his life, from his simple roots, his rise as a politician to his violent death in 1961. Lumumba was loved by the people but had powerful enemies in Belgium and the United States. Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) sketches a portrait of a man who tries to cling onto his ideals and has to pay for this with his life, told from a personal perspective, but based on facts. Lumumba’s heritage still lives on among many Africans.

Peck spent part of his youth in the Congo. He had previously made the documentary Lumumba: La mort du prophète in 1990. In the period between the two films, important new information emerged, for instance through research by the writer Ludo De Witte. His book led to a Belgian parliamentary inquiry into the murder of Lumumba. This took place in the same year as the film was released.

 
Filmmaker
Raoul Peck
Country
France
Year
2000
Medium
35mm
Length
115’
Language
French
Producer
Jacques Bidou
Production Company
JBA Production
Sales
JBA Production
Writer
Raoul Peck, Pascal Bonitzer
Cinematography
Bernard Lutic
Editor
Jacques Comets
Sound Design
Jean-Pierre Laforce, Dirk Bombey, Waldir Gonçalves
Music
Jean-Claude Petit
Cast
Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Moussa Sowie, André Debaar, Mariam Kaba, Cheik Doukouré, Dieudonneé Kabongo Bashila