Lumumba


In the infinite nocturnal beauty of an African savannah, two men were given the task to cut three dead bodies. To burn them. To bury them. Here ends the life of Patrice Lumumba, who was for three months Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo. But here also begins his story …

When the newly political Lumumba meets the young Joseph Mobutu (Alex Descas), it’s a chilling moment: they’re two tiger cubs who are about to change places. Lumumba has the bounce of a world-beater in his step; he’s a man who can talk anyone into anything. And the opportunism he practices and is about to put behind him seems to infect the aspiring journalist and future military strongman Mobutu, whose hunger for glory will outstrip any good that Lumumba will do. The placid chill in Mr. Descas’s well-fed cheeks shows his patience. In this way he is the opposite of Lumumba, his soon to be discarded friend, whose own restiveness will do him harm. New York Times