Lumumba is a political thriller that tells the story of legendary Congolese leader Patrice Emery Lumumba. His vision of a united Africa earned him powerful enemies, including the Belgian authorities and the CIA, who also supported Lumumba's former friend, Joseph Mobutu. The film, starring Eriq Ebouaney, brilliantly documents Lumumba's rise and rapid fall from power, just months after becoming Congo's first post-independence leader.
Lumumba was barely 30 when the first tremors of a botched decolonisation thrust him to the forefront of the international political arena. In a few years, he became the most reviled man of this intense cold war period. Becoming prime minister of one of the most mineral- and resources-rich countries in Africa meant that his destiny as tragic hero was already charted, his assassinational ready programmed. He would remain in power for only three months.
2000: Acapulco Black Film Festival – Best Feature Film
2001: Milan African Film Festival – 2nd place – Best Feature Film
2001: FESPACO – Paul Robeson Prize – Best Feature Film
2002: Black Reel Awards – Best Independent Actor, Best Independent Film
2002: Independent Spirit Awards – Best Foreign Film