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Film Review - Lumumba

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Scene Treatment 2

Film: Lumumba (2000, Congo/Haiti)

Director: Raoul Peck

Writers: Pascal Bonitzer, Dan Edelstein.

Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas and Théophile Sowié.

Scene # 17 (Letter to Pauline)

Before I start talking about this scene, let me provide background information about the film to make it clearer. “Lumumba is a 2000 film centered around Patrice Lumumba, a Congolese independence leader and the first legally elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo after he helped win its independence from Belgium in June 1960. This film tells a story of Lumumba in the months before and after the Congo achieved independence from Belgium." (

The scene starts when the cars that carrying Lumumba and the military were on the way of the forest to execute Lumumba and his friends. The scene starts with an establishing shot and extreme long shot; the director uses this shot to give the viewer a better and a big view of the place. After that the scene moves to the second location, when Congo’s government and the citizen celebrate the anniversary of the independence. The first shot in this location starts with a medium shot showing a big picture for the governor, then the camera starts moving around the place of the event, and the director uses many different kinds of shot, such as low and high angle, medium and close up shots, to put the viewer in the context of the event, and to give them an idea about the scene.

In the meanwhile, the sound effect starts (to let the viewer feeling that something will happen), and the camera is starting extreme closeup on the president and his assistants; all of them are from Congo and from different branches of the military to give the viewer an idea about the authorities responsible of the country. After that the camera has stopped and getting close up on the President, then he starts his speech of the anniversary of the independence of the country with a “sad tone” by welcoming to the participants. Then he says tat “in the name of the government,


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