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Ebouaney's fiery performance makes Lumumba compelling.



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The story of political leader Patrice Lumumba, Congo's first prime minister who helped lead his country to independence from Belgium in the late 1950s. Lumumba's vision of a united Africa gained him powerful enemies: the Belgian authorities, who wanted a much more paternal role in their former colony's affairs, and the CIA, who supported Lumumba's former friend Joseph Mobutu. This was in order to protect U.S. business interests in Congo's vast resources and their upper hand in the Cold War power balance. During the tenuous first six months of Congo's independence when civil war threatened to erupt, Lumumba tried to quell hostilities but was eventually betrayed by Mobutu whom he had appointed as head of the army. In 1961 with several conspiracies occurring at once, Lumumba met a brutal death--a mere nine months after becoming the country's first Prime Minister.

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Eriq Ebouaney
as Patrice Lumumba
Alex Descas
as Joseph Mobutu
Theophile Sowie
as Maurice Mpolo
Maka Kotto
as Joseph Kasa Vubu
Dieudonné Kabongo
as Godefroid Munungo
Pascal N'Zonzi
as Moise Tshombe
Andre Debaar
as Walter J. Ganshof Van der Meersch
Cheik Doukoure
as Joseph Okito
Oumar Diop Makena
as Thomas Kanza
Mariam Kaba
as Pauline Lumumba
Rudi Delhem
as General Emile Janssens
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