Général Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait (A Self Portrait)
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Général Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait (A Self Portrait)
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin Dada was but a distant irritation to everyone but his own countrymen and the British Empire until his perfidy became headline material in the early '70s. The first director to provide an in-depth study of this gregarious madman was director Barbet Schroeder, with his General Idi Amin Dada. In this documentary, Schroeder and his crew travel to Uganda to spend several days with the despot, one-on-one. The uncomfortable truths revealed in the film are all the most amazing when one realizes that Schroeder could not release his documentary without Amin's approval.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Occasionally, and surprisingly, the man seems prepared to laugh at himself: one of the few unexpected features in an otherwise profoundly depressing and exploitative film."
‑ , Time Out
"An interesting but disappointingly facile look at a man who was both a symptom and the source of unspeakable genocide."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"'Knowing how ruthless and psychotic General Idi Amin Dada is makes Schroeder's documentary all the more compelling."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"The film is virtually a self-portrait -- both terrifying and sorrowful."
‑ , New York Times
"General Idi Amin Dada is still evocative because it is still bizarre."
‑ Daniel Walber, Nonfics
"A fascinating historical document and an absurd portrait of fascist power run amok."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Idi Amin Dada is not a particularly good documentary, but it's often a fascinating one."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Schroeder's film hypnotically transmits horrific humour and intelligence in an effective manner."
‑ Kurt Dahlke, Apollo Guide
"a fascinating and unnerving look at a mass murderer playing the role of the good leader"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk