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Leopold’s Legacy: A Doc. on the Colonialism in the Congo

Vanessa Hradsky Sep 2, 2006

King Leopold’s Ghost is a newly-released documentary based on the bestseller by American journalist Adam Hochschild. It depicts how Belgian King Leopold II made the huge and resource-rich central African Congo his own private reserve, and how his legacy of exploiting the land and brutalizing its people continues in modern times. The film traces the living legacy of colonialism in the Congo, including the 1961 assassination of independence leader Patrice Lumumba and the subsequent years of brutal dictatorship under Mobutu Sese Seko (including a video clip of George Bush Sr. introducing Mobutu as “one of our most valued friends”), while linking the country’s recent civil wars to continuing economic exploitation.

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