Lumumba

After dilly-dallying for far too long with two foreign films that I was never going to watch, I managed to pack them up and send them back to Netflix.  (To be fair, I tried watching one by Wong Kar Wei, but I wasn't in the right frame of mind).  Netflix rapidly sent me the next item in my queue — Lumumba, by director Raoul Peck.  I came upon thi sfilm by chance.  During a moment of downtime I saw in the Post that there was a free lecture on filmmaking with Raoul Peck at Howard University.  It was nearby, so I went.  Interesting guy.  Born and raised in Haiti, father from the former Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo).  The film is about the DRC's first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba, who was instrumental in the country gaining independence.  He lasted two months before being ousted and executed by his countrymen with the support of many Western nations, including the U.S.  A nice directorial debut.

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