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Based on Adam Hochschild's 1998 historical novel of the same name, the film traces the brutal legacy of King Leopold II of Belgium. In the 1880s, Leopold began an underhanded campaign for the right to colonize the Congo Free State for himself, and once he succeeded, he turned the country into a slave camp, stripping out all valuable resources and slaughtering the locals. The film features interviews with Belgian scholars and Congolese survivors and is narrated by Don Cheadle.

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (1)

  • Although King Leopold's Ghost dwells perhaps too long on the viciousness, it does offer clues on how it became a circle.

    September 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • King Leopold's Ghost can be recommended as an economical education in one of the lesser-known atrocities of the capitalist system, as well as an eye-opening account of history's most ruthless amasser of wealth.

    August 23, 2006
  • In its hard-hitting depiction of a legacy of unspeakable brutality, this film shows that the ghosts of Leopold are alive and well.

    August 18, 2006
  • The movie, directed by Pippa Scott and Oreet Rees, includes beautifully shot footage of the lush landscape, plus horrifying black and white footage and stills of the Congolese under the yoke of Leopold and his successors.

    August 18, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Europe's genocidal adventures in Africa receive a passionate reckoning in this ambitious documentary based on Adam Hochschild's best-selling history of the same title.

    August 18, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Exhaustively if sometimes depressingly thorough.

    August 18, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

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