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Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

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  • Directors: Peter Bate
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Dutch, English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Facets Video
  • Release Date: Feb. 28 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
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  • ASIN: B000DZ95F8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,214 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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CONGO: WHITE KING, RED RUBBER, BLACK DEATH describes how King Leopold II of Belgium turned Congo into its private colony between 1885 and 1908. Under his control, Congo became a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold posed as the protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave-traders but, in reality, he carved out an empire based on terror to harvest rubber. Families were held as hostages, starving to death if the men failed to produce enough wild rubber. Children's hands were chopped off as punishment for late deliveries. The Belgian government has denounced this documentary as a "tendentious diatribe" for depicting King Leopold II as the moral forebear of Adolf Hitler, responsible for the death of 10 million people in his rapacious exploitation of the Congo. Yet, it is agreed today that the first Human Rights movement was spurred by what happened in the Congo. .

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa2049db0) out of 5 stars 24 reviews
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f602eac) out of 5 stars Well researched, excellenty told story of an ongoing tragedy March 5 2006
By Afam - Published on
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A superbly told and excellently researched documentary on the genocide perpetrated against the Congolese people by King Leopold II of Belgium, and covered up and perpetuated by the Belgian State.

This moving documentary tells in a microcosm the story of modern Africa - which can only be truly understood by looking at each country - and exposes the roots of its current pains.

If the United States thrives because it was built on the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; it can be no accident that a country founded on the undescribable principles instituted by King Leopald II and perpetuated by the Belgian State, remains steeped in violence, poverty and human deprivity.

Afam Edozie
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f605114) out of 5 stars Useful for my AP World History class April 7 2010
By C. Blanchard - Published on
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I showed this video to my AP World History class. My students enjoyed watching it. The documentary helped to show the horrors of Belgian colonialism through photographs, historians, and archive testimony (missionaries, reporters, etc). The documentary does not attempt or purport to present an objective view of Belgian colonialism, however. It clearly has an agenda - make Belgians, in particular, and whites, in general, feel guilty about their past. As long as you and your students know this, go ahead and buy it!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f6050d8) out of 5 stars very interesting, very well done Feb. 20 2009
By Rhett D. Sorensen - Published on
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This documentary ranks up there with some of the very best and most interesting that I have ever watched. It goes into a good deal of depth on the history and how Leopold exploited the country and set it up for further failure in the future. It was very interesting and kept me glued to the tube. I own somewhere near 100 documentaries and this is one of the best I've seen.
(Don't let the goofy cartoon intro stuff fool you)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f5facd8) out of 5 stars Understandably graphic, but too much for me Nov. 15 2009
By Vivian J. Gerk - Published on
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I lasted 15 minutes before I had to turn it off. I was previewing this DVD for use in my senior class. They had just finished Achebe's Things Fall Apart and were soon beginning Conrad's Heart of Darkness. I thought this video would help me better understand the post colonialist viewpoint concerning the European presence in 19th and 20th century Africa.

Having read Heart of Darkness many times over the past 10 years, I am aware of the famous scene along the river -- Congolese of all ages standing on the banks missing hands, arms, and/or legs. As a reader and teacher I had always accepted that scene, knew its meaning, and how it contributed to overall theme. BUT seeing the video was too much for me. The archival photos of real people missing limbs proved so difficult for me. I watched for a few more minutes, but could not continue when the narration described horrendous torture.

The powerful images and archival footage will change the viewer forever, but I feel it is too graphic for a high school classroom.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f4f9258) out of 5 stars One word...Excellent! Jan. 9 2007
By sticker Tom - Published on
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Awesome documentary. Goes hand in hand with the book King Leopold's Ghost by Adam Hochschild.