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Made in the tradition of such true-life political thrillers as MALCOLM X and JFK, Raoul Peck's award-winning LUMUMBA is 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 U.S. 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 English-dubbed version of the film.

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  • Actors: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French, Lingala
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPHL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2003
Format: DVD
First off, Lumumba is an exciting, dramatic film that I recommend very highly.
However, this version of the DVD in addition to being dubbed into English, is censored in at least one place. Toward the end, at a moment crucial to a historical understanding of the role of other countries (including the U.S.) in sealing Lumumba's fate, the name of the United States official is actually beeped out on the soundtrack. Why? Did it have something to do with this being the version aired on HBO?
Of course, it's possible that there are other instances of censorship on this DVD that I'm unaware of.
I'd recommend getting the subtitled Special Edition. The price isn't THAT much more and it has some good special features that make the higher price worth it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By soularmotion on May 1, 2004
Format: DVD
Although it's quite likely that some artistic liberty has been taken with the facts, I viewed this with my "general state of affairs of colonialized African countries" goggles.
In that regard, it's a gripping tale that shows some of the horrible footprints left behind by colonialism mixed with other pre-existing tribal aspects of the local societies, not to mention the Cold War. That indictment is what stood out when I watched it, and it's eye-opening for those who've not lived in Africa.
Since this is a review of the DVD, and not just the movie, my only disappointment is that those of us with HDTV/widescreen capable TVs/projectors will notice the poor quality of this DVD. I watched Lumumba for the first time at a film festival a couple of years ago, and was looking forward to having a good quality copy on DVD.
Unfortunately, it's been *letterboxed* to shrink the widescreen format into a 4:3 frame. I wish they had used a true anamorphic widescreen transfer that would make fuller use of a 16:9 aspect ratio/resolution. In that sense the cover text "luminous new widescreen transfer" is misleading.
At least the Special Edition is subtitled, and not dubbed or censored (from what I've read of the other version), so that's one plus for this specific edition of the DVD.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By All Things Good on January 25, 2005
Format: DVD
I enjoyed this movie very much. Accoring to most available literature, this movie is historically accurate. Peck is a well respected director and seems to have done a good job presenting the truth. Lumumba is an icon in African history and he represents the hope and optimism of post-colonial Africa. His death was a tragedy and it leads us to wonder "What if...". This is an important chapter in modern African history and we are lucky that such a well-made movie has helped tell this story to the world.

PS. Frank Carlucci's (the second secretary in the U.S. embassy in Kinshasa at the time) name is bleeped out in some versions because his lawyers pressured the film's distributors to remove all reference to him. He of course denies involvement in the assassination of Lumumba. Peck has stated that he has strong reason to believe his movie to be accurate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By riccotto on June 24, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Despite what it says in the Amazon.com advertisement, this DVD is NOT the full 180-minute version of "Lumumba." In fact, at 109 minutes, this version is actually six minutes shorter than the "Special Edition," (also Region 1), that is listed at 115 minutes. The sleeve for this version also claims to have an English-language soundtrack, but it does not. It does have English-language subtitles to go with the French soundtrack, however. The sleeve for this version claims that it its aspect ration is 1:2.35, but that does not appear to be true, either--the aspect ratio appears to be 1:1.85, the same as the Special Edition. Because the Special Edition contains many extras--including excepts from R. Peck's excellent documentary "Lumumba: Death of a Prophet," it is clearly the better choice for anyone who wants to purchase a DVD of this film right now. Ideally, however, we should press for a release of the full 3-hour version of this film, preferably packaged together with the FULL documentary "Lumumba: Death of a Prophet." Now THAT would be a package worth paying extra for! The 2 stars above reflect the several misrepresentations associated with this particular DVD release, not the film itself, which is very good, albeit in this version in an unnecessarily truncated form.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Desiderata on April 2, 2004
Format: DVD
This movie is an excellent in its depiction of Mr. Lumumba. Strong, sensitive and committed to his people this movie depicted a strong man senselessly murdered after betrayal by his own countrymen. Mr. Ebouaney's performance was Oscar worthy! This is a must see movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By a francophile on June 18, 2004
Format: DVD
I would recommend this film, but couched in the warning that I found it a bit hard to follow. There are a lot of characters - the various political figures - and sometimes it's hard to keep them all straight. It's definitely important subject matter though - an interesting glimpse into the colonial forces that shaped modern Africa and the struggles that continue today in many of its troubled nations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Farr on July 20, 2007
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Raoul Peck's political thriller vibrates with tension, as we see how Lumumba's rise to prominence was punctuated by some extremely rough handling by the prior regime, and that once in power, his respite from such brutal treatment would be tragically short. Ebouaney is electric as the fiery, defiant Lumumba, a man whose worst sin was not sensing and neutralizing the treacherous forces surrounding him. This tight, involving film packs a wallop in reviving a disturbing chapter in Africa's turbulent history.
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