New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

OCTOBER 11, 2002 (Friday) at 7:00 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(French/Belgian/German/Haitian, 2000, 115 minutes, color, 35mm)
(In French with English subtitles)

Directed by Raoul Peck
Starring Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié

LUMUMBA presents the political odyssey of Patrice Emery Lumumba, the first Prime Minister of the post-colonial Republic of Congo. The prize winning film recalls Lumumba's beginnings as a beer salesman, rise to leadership of the Congolese National Movement, persecution by Belgian colonial authorities, antagonism of American business interests, and murder by CIA-backed political enemies.

Raoul Peck

RAOUL PECK, director of Lumumba, will present film commentary and answer questions immediately following the screening. Though born in Haiti, Peck grew up in Zaire and experienced its birth-pangs as a nation firsthand. Peck also served recently as Haiti's Minister of Culture, and is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the organization, Human Rights Watch. Peck will also discuss his film work and the art and culture of Haiti at an informal seminar on October 11 at 4:00 p.m. in the West Seminar Room, New Library, on the UAlbany uptown campus.

Zeitgeist Films, Raoul Peck
Zeitgeist Films, Lumumba