Tue., April 9: _Lumumba_
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Mon Apr 1 21:42:26 MST 2002
Critical Perspectives on Wars, Classes, & Empires
(Dir. Raoul Peck, 2000)
Tue., April 9, 7:30 p.m.
264 MacQuigg Lab, OSU
105 W. Woodruff Ave., Columbus, OH
At the Berlin Conference of 1885, Europe divided up the African
continent. The Congo became the personal property of King Leopold II
of Belgium. On June 30, 1960, a young self-taught nationalist,
Patrice Lumumba, became, at age 36, the first head of government of
the new independent state. He would last two months in office. This
is a true story.
_Lumumba_ is a gripping political thriller which tells the story of
the legendary African leader Patrice Emery Lumumba. The brilliant
and charismatic Lumumba rose rapidly to the office of Prime Minister
when Belgium conceded the Congo's independence in June, 1960.
Lumumba's populist and anti-imperialist vision of a united Africa
gained him powerful enemies: the Belgian authorities, who sought to
perpetuate neo-colonial control in their former colony's affairs, and
the CIA, who supported Joseph Mobutu in order to protect U.S.
business interests in Congo's vast resources and ensure U.S.
dominance in the Cold War. The ruthless machinations behind
Lumumba's brutal assassination in 1961 (a mere nine months after he
became the country's first Prime Minister) are dramatized for the
first time in _Lumumba_.
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