Thierry Michel

The ultimate “African King”, Joseph Désiré Mobutu was one of the oldest, most tenacious dictators that came to power as a result of the Cold War and decolonisation. November 1965. With the help of the CIA, Mobutu launched a coup d’ état and seized power in the former Belgian Congo. He renamed the country “Zaïre” and imposed on his people a peace based on fear, violence, and repression. In less than 25 years, this young sergeant of the colonial army became one of the most feared, wealthiest men in the world. He sided with the West and built a pyramid of autocratic, predatory power, held in place by money. He handed out favours and disgrace, and was the absolute ruler of the ruins of a country ravaged by corruption. Mobutu, King of Zaire is the story of one man’s exceptional destiny built on ambition and grandeur, betrayal and cowardice, a character worthy of the great Shakespearean tragedies.

  • Running time : 135' & 162'
  • Country : Belgique
  • Year of production : 1999
  • Author : Thierry Michel
  • Production : Les Films de la Passerelle Image Création / Communauté française de Belgique / RTBF / VRT / Les Filmsd'Ici / Canal + / ORF / Agence de la francophonie Congo-Zaïre RTNC

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