• Lumumba
© Océan Films
Genre : Historical
Type : Biopic
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv, History/society
Year of production : 1998
Format : Feature
Running time : 115 (in minutes)

The story behind the rise and execution of Patrice Lumumba, the freedom fighter and first leader of newly independent country of Zaire.

Patrice Lumumba, the hero of Congolese independence, was not yet 30 when the first tremors of botched decolonisation thrust him to the forefront of the international political area. After a course of a few years, Lumumba, became the most reviled man of this intense cold war period. Becoming Prime Minister of one of the richest countries in Africa, Lumumba's destiny as tragic hero was charted, his assassination already programmed. He would remain in power only three months. All that remained for his murderers to do was dispose of his body.

A film by Raoul PECK

Congo DRC / France / Haiti / Belgium / Germany, 2000, Fiction, 1h49, biopic / drama / history, Color - 1.85:1 - French / Lingala

starring Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Maka Kotto, Théophile Moussa Sowié, Théophile Moussa Sowié, André Debaat, Mariam Kaba, Oumar Diop Makéna, Cheik Doukouré, Dieudonné Kabongo Bashila, Rudi Delhem, Pascal Nzonzi, Bouli Lanners, Mata Gabin

France, Belgique, Allemagne, Haïti
2000, 116 Min

DIR: Raoul Peck
PROD: Jacques Bidou
SCR: Raoul Peck, Pascal Bonitzer
DP: Bernard Lutic

ED :Jacques Comets
PROD DES: André Fonsny
MUSIC: Jean-Claude Petit
SOUND: Dirk Bombey

Directed by
Raoul Peck

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)
Pascal Bonitzer
Dan Edelstein... (English dubbed version)
Raoul Peck

starring Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Maka Kotto, Théophile Moussa Sowié, Théophile Moussa Sowié, André Debaat, Mariam Kaba, Oumar Diop Makéna, Cheik Doukouré, Dieudonné Kabongo Bashila, Rudi Delhem, Pascal Nzonzi, Bouli Lanners, Mata Gabin

Eriq Ebouaney... Patrice Émery Lumumba
Alex Descas... Joseph Mobutu
Maka Kotto... Joseph Kasa Vubu
Théophile Moussa Sowié (AKA Théophile Sowié)... Maurice Mpolo
André Debaar... Walter J. Ganshof Van der Meersch
Mariam Kaba... Pauline Lumumba
Oumar Diop Makena (AKA Makena Diop)... Thomas Kanza
Cheik Doukouré... Joseph Okito
Dieudonné Kabongo Bashila (AKA Dieudonné Kabongo)... Godefroid Munungo
Rudi Delhem... Général Emile Janssens
Pascal N'Zonzi... Moïse Tshombe
Mata Gabin... Hélène Bijou
Edgar Henri Mato... Un ministre
Francis Adam... Le maître d'hôtel
Olivier Bony... Roi Baudoin
Alain Bouillé... Le pilote du Dakota
Pavel Dobrovsky... Belgian soldier
Michael Hofland... Belgian visa officer
Den Thatcher... Frank Carlucci
Paul Tingay

Produced by
Jacques Bidou... producer
Philippe Bober... associate producer
Richard Boidin... associate producer
Diana Elbaum... associate producer
Georges Goldenstern... associate producer
Raoul Peck... producer
Shelby Stone... producer: HBO
Arlette Zylberberg... associate producer

Music by
Jean-Claude Petit

Cinematography by
Bernard Lutic... director of photography

Film Editing by
Jacques Comets

Casting By
Sylvie Brocheré

Production Design by
Denis Renault

Art Direction by
André Fonsny

Costume Design by
Charlotte David

Production Management
Edwin Angless... production supervisor
Jean-Yves Asselin... production manager
Marianne Dumoulin... production manager
Marianne Lambert... unit production manager
Patrick Santiago Meunier... production manager
Pamela Winn-Barnett... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacques Cluzaud... first assistant director
Leo Phiri... second assistant director

Art Department
Céline De Streel... assistant property master
Abel Doswah... key construction
Michael Hyman... scenic foreman
Carine Tredgold... set designer
Eric Verheyden... set dresser
Kerry Wallace... greensperson

Sound Department
Dirk Bombey... sound
Mark DeSimone... adr mixer
Dan Edelstein... supervising adr editor
Michel Filippi... adr supervisor
Waldir Gonçalves... sound
Dan Korintus... adr editor
Jean-Pierre Laforce... sound mixer
Marco Streccioni... sound engineer
Seppe van Groeningen... boom operator

Visual Effects by
Frederic Moreau... visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department
Boniface Chiverengo... key grip
Dimitri Doulkeridis... grip
Didier Frateur... first assistant camera
Bernard Lutic... camera operator
Bruno Verstraete... gaffer

Casting Department
Beth Bowling... casting: USA, HBO
Andrew Fox... casting associate: USA
Patrick Hella... casting: Belgium
Kim Miscia... casting: USA, HBO
Andrew Whaley... casting: Zimbabwe

Editorial Department
Christel Dewynter... assistant editor
Mike Fromentin... assistant editor
Lucile Sautarel... conforming editor
Location Management
Christophe Chauveau... location scout

Music Department
Jean-Claude Petit... music director
Marco Streccioni... music recorded by

Script and Continuity Department
Els Rastelli... script supervisor

Additional Crew
Jackie Bazan... publicist
Ava DuVernay... publicity consultant
António Forjaz... scout
Regis Le'Bron... marketing & promotion
Dominic Marcus... adr supporting artist
Harmel Sbraire... coach: actors
Bernadette Zinck... production administrator
Bill Timoney... adr voice group (uncredited)

John Kaylin... thanks (as Mirko Zeppellini)

Production Companies (Sociétés de productions)
JBA Production
Entre Chien et Loup
Essential Filmproduktion GmbH
Liberator Productions
Arte France Cinéma
Velvet S.A. (Haïti)
Velvet Film (France)
Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF)
SFP Cinema, La
Vlaamse Radio en Televisie (VRT)
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)

avec le soutien de (with the support of)
Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée
Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (as Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté Française de Belgique)
Cofimage 10
L'Agence de la Francophonie (ACCT)
La Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma
Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement International (as Ministère des Affaires Étrangères)

A-Film Distribution (2001) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
trigon-film (2001) (Switzerland) (theatrical) (subtitled)
A-Film Home Entertainment (2001) (Netherlands) (video)
Cinelux (all media) (Benelux)
Madman Entertainment (2003) (Australia) (DVD)
Océan Films (France) (all media)
Zeitgeist Films (2001) (USA) (all media) (subtitled)
trigon-film (2008) (Switzerland) (DVD)

Other Companies
Chainon Manquant, Le (Footage research & clearance)
Kodak (film stock)
Laboratoires Éclair (laboratory services)
SIF 309 Film Music (film score recording)
Sud Ovest Records (music production)

Filming Locations


2004: Cinemafrica Film Festival 2004 | STOCKHOLM, Sweden | 2004
* Selection

Black Reel Awards 2002
Nominee: Black Reel (Theatrical- Best Independent Actor), Eriq Ebouaney
Nominee: Black Reel (Theatrical- Best Independent Film), Raoul Peck

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2002
Nominee: Independent Spirit Award (Best Foreign Film), Raoul Peck

Political Film Society, USA 2002
Winner: PFS Award (Peace)
Nominee: PFS Award (Democracy)
Nominee: PFS Award (Exposé)
Nominee: PFS Award (Human Rights)

Acapulco Black Film Festival 2001
Winner: Lincoln Filmmakers Trophy (Best Feature Film), Raoul Peck

Milan African Film Festival 2001
Nominee: Best Film, Raoul Peck

Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival 2001
Winner: Paul Robeson Award (Feature Length), Raoul Peck


Cannes Film Festival 2000 (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)
Nominee: C.I.C.A.E. Award, Raoul Peck


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للاقتسا ميعز وه ايمومول سيرتاب 30 زواجتي نكي مل يذلا ،وغنوك تاكرح قلاطنا دنع هرمع نم ةنس ةهجاولا ىلإ هتعفد يتلاو ،ريرحتلا.ةيلودلا ةيسايسلا
يئاور قطان ،.د 116 ،2000 ،اكيجلب /وغنوكةيسنرفلاب
ساكسيد سكيلأ ،يناوبإ كيريإ ةلوطب

كيب لووار جارخإ

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A film that tells the story behind the rise and execution of Patrice Lumumba, the freedom fighter and first leader of newly independent country of Zaire.

DIR: Raoul Peck, France, Belgique, Allemagne, Haïti, 2000, 116 Min, Color - 1.85:1 - Français, Lingala


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