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Beyond the Maps: Lumumba, mort du phrophète (OmeU)

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Am 17. Januar 1961, zweihundert Tage nach der Unabhängigkeitserklärung des ehemals Belgisch-Kongo (Kongo dann Zaire und jetzt DR Kongo ), wird der erste Premierminister Patrice Lumumba ermordet. Die politischen Umstände seines Todes machten ihn nachträglich zu einer der legendärsten Figuren des anti-kolonialen Befreiungskampfes in Afrika. In seine Ermordung waren vor allem die ehemalige Kolonialmacht Belgien, der CIA, aber auch deren Günstling Mobutu, Lumumbas Adjutant und späterer Diktator von Westens Gnaden, verwickelt. 

Der Tod des Proheten ist eine essayistische Auseinandersetzung mit der Figur, den Legenden und dem Mythos LUMUMBA. In Haiti geboren, verlebte Raoul Peck, der Autor des Films, einen Teil seiner Jugend in Kinshasa (früher Leopoldville). Aus persönlichen Überlegungen, privaten Bilder, Filmclips, Wochenschaumaterial und Erinnerungen von Journalisten ensteht ein vielschichtiges Porträt Lumumbas.

The film is a creative documentary where biography and history, stories and archives create a frame around the figure of Lumumba, his political assassination, media and memory. It is a unique opportunity to examine, 50 years later, the life and legend of Lumumba. The documentary is narrated by the director, Raoul Peck, as he reconstructs a story that interweaves his own personal experiences and the circumstances surrounding the murder of Lumumba. Peck is in Belgium, and uses shots of Brussels to establish his location and contrast with the archival footage he combines to tell Lumumba's story. The film is about absence; absence of a historical figure, absence of clarity about the events surrounding his death, and absence of a true historical construct. Even a true location is absent; he cannot get to Zaire, the topic of his film, but the majority of the archival footage and photos used are from Central Africa. Even if he were able to film in Zaire, he would be faced with an absence, so no matter his location he is still “filming from afar. 

When the medium of film expanded in the early 20th century, it was employed among other things for the purpose of promoting Europe’s “civilizing mission” on the African continent. 

Since the independence of African countries in the 1950’s and 60’s, filmmakers from Africa are correcting this image and writing their own stories. Beyond the maps focuses on film productions from various genres, dealing both with the resistance against European colonialism on African soil and with the conference itself. Apart from film screenings there will be Q & A sessions with the filmmakers as well as invited experts. 

A series by Kultursprünge im Ballhaus Naunynstraße gemeinnützige GmbH. Funded by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin. With the friendly assistance of the cinema fsk.

Regie: Raoul Peck
Haiti/Deutschland/Kongo
1992 69 Minuten. Dokumentarfilm OmeU
Kuratiert von: Enoka Ayemba

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