Remembering Patrice Lumumba: Watch Raoul Peckâs Biopic on the Assassinated Congolese Anti-Colonial Leader.
Yesterday, January 17th, marked the 55th year since the assassination and execution of the Democratic Republic of Congoâs first democratically elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba.Â
Following a frightening but unsurprising revelation that came in the result of this Twitter poll we conducted, and the painful but necessary discussions that stemmed from it, we thought it all the more important for more people to become acquainted with the story of Lumumba to better understand the importance of his life and from that, the brutal history of Belgian colonialism in Congo.
Released in 2000, shot in Zimbabwe and Mozambique,Â and directed by Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck, the film tells the story of the Lumumbaâs political rise to power and his untimely assassination at age 35, holding the title ofPrime Minister for only 81 days. Various sources claim that authorities from Congo, Belgium, the United States and Great Britain were all involved in the murder of Lumumba.Â
Starring the brilliant Cameroonian-French actorÂ Eriq Ebouaney as the revolutionary Congolese leader, in my understanding,Â LumumbaÂ is the only biopic centered on the life of Patrice Lumumba.