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Friday
20
APR

A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa

20:00
21:50
META HOUSE
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8PM: DOCUMENTARY - Europe's genocidal adventures in Africa receive a passionate reckoning in KING LEOPOLD’S GHOSTS (2006, 107 min), based on Adam Hochschild's best-selling book of the same title. In 1885, King Leopold II of Belgium gained a vast area in central Africa as his personal possession. His greed and the system of forced labor he imposed there prompted the first human rights movement of the 20th century. Filmmakers Pippa Scott and Oreet Rees deliver an indispensable treatise on Western hegemony and capitalist plunder -- as seen through the troubled history of the Congo. Narrated by a series of experts and actors who include Don Cheadle, James Cromwell, and Alfie Woodard, Scott and Rees' film eventually turns its attentions towards contemporary events that chillingly recall Leopold's notorious endeavor.

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