Synopsis:
From the arrival of the first Portuguese pioneers in the Congo in the 15th century to the country’s independence five centuries later, the cohabitation of whites and blacks in central Africa has gone through many twists and turns... After several centuries of slavery, a cruel system of economic exploitation was put in place in 1885 by King Leopold II of Belgium, a visionary, megalomaniacal sovereign. When Belgium inherited the colony 30 years later, it put a brake on the formation of a native elite and a muzzle on any form of dissent. A formidable economic machine, at the service of the home country, thus came into being. And when Patrice Lumumba briefly took control of the Congo in the aftermath of its independence in 1960, the Congolese political elite was incapable of ridding the country of the burdensome heritage of the past. The way was clear for the army officer Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, who set up an autocratic, predatory regime under the protective eye of the West, which still had many interests in the region.
Director's filmography:
- Voix de garage (2007 - Short)
- Kongo - Episode 1 : La Couse éffrénée (2010 - TV)
- Nuit Blanche (2010 - Short)
- Coeur noir, hommes blancs (2011 - Feature)
- Le dernier gaulois (2016 - Feature)
- Une part d'ombre (2017 - Feature)
Type:
Feature
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2011
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
104'
Production:
Eklektik Productions
Sales:
Compagnie des Phares & Balises