• Lumumba (2001)


Release Date: June 27th, 2001

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

"Lumumba" is a gripping political thriller which tells the story of the legendary African leader Patrice Emery Lumumba. Called "the politico of the bush" by journalists of his day, the brilliant and charismatic Lumumba rose rapidly to the office of Prime Minister when Belgium conceded the Congo's independence in June, 1960. He would last two months in office. This is a true story.

Cast: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Theophile Sowie, Maka Kotto, Dieudonné Kabongo, Pascal N'Zonzi

Director: Raoul Peck

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), JBA Productions, arte France Cinéma, Eurimages, Velvet Film, Canal+, Entre Chien et Loup, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH

Distributors: Zeitgeist Films

Keywords: Sacrifice , Inspiring , 1960s , Rise , Passionate , House , Quest ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Betrayal is at the heart of this story, but also dreams of liberty and a life where all people are treated with respect. show more

  • 100
    Michael SragowBaltimore Sun

    Lumumba revives the tradition of Pontecorvo's "The Battle of Algiers" and Costa-Gavras' "Z" and "State of Siege." In substance and excitement, it joins their ranks.

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Although the narration is addressed to his wife, we learn little about her, his family or his personal life; he is used primarily as a guide through the milestones of the Congo's brief two-month experiment with democracy. show more

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