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From documentary to historical drama

Posted by lamacs On February - 27 - 2012

Raoul Peck’s film variations on sharing his memory of Lumumba

Blandine Stefanson
Blandine Stefanson is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide (Australia). Her current research interest is in African cinema from Francophone regions.

Marc Ferro and other scholars claim that films can convincingly record history, even though they overlook historical accuracy. What role would memory play in retrieving history for the screen if it does not need to check the facts evoked in the images and dialogues? This paper explores Raoul Peck’s use of his emotional and intellectual memory in his two films on the first elected Prime Minister of Congo: Lumumba la mort du prophète (documentary, 1991) and Lumumba (biopic, 2001).

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