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Mobutu: King of Zaire

Mobutu: King of Zaire

Mobutu: King of Zaire

1999 / 162min / DCP

DIRECTOR: THIERRY MICHEL

A triptych work whose sprawling size befits its subject’s endless reign, Mobutu, King of Zaire draws from mountains of archival material and original interviews to relay the rise, repressive reign, and eventual exile of the man who ruled the present-day Democratic Republic of the Congo with an iron fist for more than thirty years. A postcolonial tragedy, played out through the absolute corruption of an ambitious young cook’s son-turned-despot.

Screening in the series Icarus Films at 40.