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Lumumba

Patrice Lumumba became the first prime minister of the newly independent Congo in June 1960, at the age of 35. But even as one of the continent's most promising and magnetic leaders, he was ousted from power by August 1960, and brutally assassinated six months later. Lumumba portrays his rise to power, his outspokenness--no matter what the consequences--and the horrific atrocities that took place during King Leopold's possession of the colony. Director Raoul Peck brings to life the charismatic leader--played by Haitian actor Eriq Ebouaney--and the unwavering convictions that ultimately led to his demise. A compelling story of the man who was murdered by Western powers (through the hand of journalist Joseph Mobutu) while liberating an African nation from Belgian imperialism. Lumumba is presented by SURGE Justice organization. See "Special Showings" for more information.

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