Lumumba


1h 55m 2000

Brief Synopsis

The story of political leader Patrice Lumumba, Congo's first prime minister, who helped lead his country to independence from Belgium in the late 1950s. Lumumba's vision of a united Africa earned him powerful enemies: the Belgian authorities, who wanted a much more paternal role in their former colo

Film Details

Also Known As
Lumumba: The Return of the Congo
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Zeitgeist Films
Location
Zimbabwe; Belgium; Mozambique

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

Synopsis

The story of political leader Patrice Lumumba, Congo's first prime minister, who helped lead his country to independence from Belgium in the late 1950s. Lumumba's vision of a united Africa earned him powerful enemies: the Belgian authorities, who wanted a much more paternal role in their former colony's affairs, and the CIA, who supported Lumumba's former friend Joseph Mobutu, in order to protect U.S. business interests in Congo's vast resources and maintain their upper hand in the Cold War power balance. During the tenuous first six months of Congo's independence, when civil war threatened to erupt, Lumumba tried to quell hostilities but was eventually betrayed by Mobutu, whom he had appointed as head of the army. In 1961, with several conspiracies occuring at once, Lumumba met a brutal death--a mere nine months after becoming the country's first Prime Minister.

Film Details

Also Known As
Lumumba: The Return of the Congo
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Distribution Company
Zeitgeist Films
Location
Zimbabwe; Belgium; Mozambique

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 55m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the award for Best Feature at the 2001 Pan African Film & Art Festival in Los Angeles.

Winner of the Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2001 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival.

Released in United States 2000

Released in United States August 2000

Released in United States February 2001

Released in United States July 20, 2001

Released in United States June 2001

Released in United States May 2000

Released in United States September 2000

Released in United States Summer June 27, 2001

Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight) May 10-21, 2000.

Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Director's Focus) August 13-27, 2000.

Shown at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York City (Walter Reade) June 15-28, 2001.

Shown at Pan African Film & Art Festival in Los Angeles February 8-19, 2001.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentation/ Planet Africa) September 7-16, 2000.

Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 22 - October 5, 2000.

Released in United States 2000 (Shown at Vancouver International Film Festival September 22 - October 5, 2000.)

Released in United States February 2001 (Shown at Pan African Film & Art Festival in Los Angeles February 8-19, 2001.)

Released in United States May 2000 (Shown at Cannes International Film Festival (Directors' Fortnight) May 10-21, 2000.)

Released in United States June 2001 (Shown at Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York City (Walter Reade) June 15-28, 2001.)

Released in United States Summer June 27, 2001

Released in United States July 20, 2001 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States September 2000 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Special Presentation/ Planet Africa) September 7-16, 2000.)

Released in United States August 2000 (Shown at Edinburgh International Film Festival (Director's Focus) August 13-27, 2000.)