LUMUMBA / 2000 / France-Belgium-Germany-Haiti Language: French Lingala English / Director: Raoul Peck / 115 minutes
Lumumba is a 2000 film directed by Raoul Peck centred on Patrice Lumumba in the months before and after the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Léopoldville) achieved independence from Belgium in June 1960. Raoul Peck‘s film is a coproduction of France, Belgium, Germany, and Haiti. Due to political unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the time of filming, the movie was shot in Zimbabwe and Beira, Mozambique.
The plot is based on the final months of Patrice Lumumba (played by EriqEbouaney) the first Prime Minister of the Congo, whose tenure in office lasted two months until he was driven from office. Joseph Kasa-Vubu (MakaKotto) is sworn in alongside Lumumba as the first president of the country, and together they attempt to prevent the Congo succumbing to secession and anarchy. The film concludes with Joseph Mobutu (Alex Descas) seizing power.The film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival on 14 May 2000, and was shown at various film festivals as well as having commercial releases in Belgium, France, Switzerland, the United States, and Canada. The film grossed $684,000 in the United States. It also aired on HBO.
- EriqEbouaneyas Patrice Lumumba
- Alex Descasas Joseph-Desiré Mobutu (Mobutu SeseSeko)
- ThéophileSowiéas Maurice Mpolo
- MakaKottoas Joseph Kasa-Vubu
- DieudonnéKabongoas GodefroidMunongo
- Pascal N’Zonzias MoïseTshombe
- Olivier Bonyas King Baudouin I of the Belgians
- André Debaaras Walter J. Ganshof Van der Meersch
- CheikDoukouréas Joseph Okito
- MakenaDiopas Thomas Kanza
- Mariam Kabaas Pauline Lumumba
- Rudi Delhemas General ÉmileJanssens
- Den Thatcheras Frank Carlucci