Analysis Of Raoul Peck 's ' Fast Paced Biographical Thriller On The Democratic Republic Of The Congo '

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Lumumba, is director Raoul Peck’s fast paced biographical thriller about the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first prime minster, the film’s namesake Patrice Lumumba. The film is accurate in its portrayal of the time but suffers from its lack of true exposition — those unfamiliar with Congolese history may have a hard time following the narrative. Peck does not over glorify Lumumba and paints a fairly human portrait of the man sometimes revered as the martyred saint of Congolese independence. The film does not tell a clichéd story, but rather a nuanced one; it does not grovel for the viewer 's sympathy, but rather commands respect. Peck’s stylistic choices in the construction of the narrative structure of the film have a profound impact on the viewer 's experience with the characters. From the opening credits the movie sets a serious tone, with real images of Belgian colonial rule of the Congo and the subjugation of the Congolese peoples. These images serve two functions: firstly they allow for a look into imperial rule of the Congo, they explain the anger and resentment felt by many of the Congolese toward white people and the Western/Belgian advisors and diplomats; secondly they inform the viewer of the very exploitation that drives Lumumba’s political life. In his first speech in the film at 38:10 he attacks the colonial practices of the Belgian’s and praises the Congolese resolve which overcame that adversity. He gave this speech at the independence ceremony for…

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