Lumumba (film)

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Directed by Raoul Peck
Produced by Jacques Bidou, Raoul Peck
Written by Pascal Bonitzer, Dan Edelstein, Raoul Peck
Starring Eriq Ebouaney
Music by Jean-Claude Petit
Cinematography Bernard Lutic
Edited by Jacques Comets
Release dates
  • 14 May 2000 (2000-05-14) (Cannes)
Country France

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 Eriq Ebouaney) the first Prime Minister of the Congo, whose tenure in office lasted two months until he was driven from office. Joseph Kasa-Vubu (Maka Kotto) 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.[1] It also aired on HBO.[2]

Disputed scene[edit]

The film generated some controversy in 2002 when Frank Carlucci, a former American government official and protege of Donald Rumsfeld, persuaded HBO to delete a reference to him during the airing of the film. The scene in question involves a group of Belgian and Congolese officials deciding whether to kill Lumumba. Carlucci is asked for input, and he mumbles that the US government does not involve itself in the internal affairs of other countries. At the time, Carlucci was the second secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Congo. He denies playing any role in the death of Lumumba, saying "The scene is tendentious, false, libelous; it never happened and it is a cheap shot." According to one source, the scene was deleted from the version of the film that aired on HBO.[3] Another source says that the scene was not deleted but the word "Carlucci" was bleeped in the dialogue and the name masked in the credits.[4] The scene remains on the DVD version of the film.


  1. ^ Lumumba (2000) - Box office / business
  2. ^ HBO Films
  3. ^ Shorrock, Tim (2002-03-14). "Company Man". The Nation. Retrieved 2006-08-26. 
  4. ^ Laurier, Joanne (2002-03-15). ""Carlucci" bleeped from HBO version of Lumumba". World Socialist Web Site. Retrieved 2006-08-26. 

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