In June 1960, Joseph Kasa-Vubu is sworn in as the first President of the Congo, alongside Patrice Lumumba as Prime Minister. Lumumba’s anti-colonial stance immediately makes him an enemy of both foreign and local powers. The film depicts the final months of Lumumba’s life, another visionary African leader whose life was cut short because of their opposition to foreign influence. Raoul Peck’s powerful political film is a fierce critique on Western influence on African politics and a complex study of an African Nationalist hero.
Free Screening (available 24 hours) introduced by season curator Kinyua Kamau
Programme curated by Kinyua Kamau as part of African Cinema: Fractured Identities.
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