Lumumba: Return of a Hero

Friday, February 16th at 7PM

Quentin Noirfalisse, Benoit Feyt & Dieudo Hamadi, 2023, 86 min.

Co-Presented with Friends of the Congo

Through the story of the repatriation of Lumumba’s tooth, LUMUMBA: RETURN OF A HERO chronicles the tragic fate of Congo’s most important political figure.

61 years after his assassination, the remains of Patrice Lumumba are returned home – or, as his children say, “the Congo returns to Congo”. On June 30th, 1960, Patrice Lumumba became the first Prime Minister in the history of Congo, as the country gained independence after 80 years of Belgian colonial rule. An outspoken anti-colonialist, he intended to use the huge wealth of his country to benefit its people. Six months later, he was killed in the province of Katanga with his two political allies, Joseph Okito and Maurice Mpolo, and their bodies were dissolved in sulphuric acid. All that remained was a single tooth, taken from Patrice Lumumba’s dead body before it was disposed of by a Belgian police officer who held onto it until his own death in 2000…

+ Post-screening discussion with Lubangi Muniania (Tabilulu Productions) and Basir Mchawi (Producer/Host of Education at the Crossroads, WBAI 99.5 FM)



Feb 16 2024


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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