King Leopold's Ghost
King Leopold's Ghost (2006)

Filmmakers Pippa Scott and Oreet Rees explore the reprehensible legacy of Belgium's King Leopold II in this documentary adaptation of Adam Hochschild's best-selling book. His envy growing as powerful neighbors France, England, and… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 18, 2006
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times

Although King Leopold's Ghost dwells perhaps too long on the viciousness, it does offer clues on how it became a circle.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

In its hard-hitting depiction of a legacy of unspeakable brutality, this film shows that the ghosts of Leopold are alive and well.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... hugely informative ... but [it] can be hard to get through ... not so much because of its sometimes excessive level of detail, but because of the stream of atrocity photographs we are subjected to.

Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

An often infuriating (and excruciating) film to watch, but one that gets to the root of the despair that now plagues so much of the African continent.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The movie, directed by Pippa Scott and Oreet Rees, includes beautifully shot footage of the lush landscape, plus horrifying black and white footage and stills of the Congolese under the yoke of Leopold and his successors.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

King Leopold's Ghost can be recommended as an economical education in one of the lesser-known atrocities of the capitalist system, as well as an eye-opening account of history's most ruthless amasser of wealth.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Europe's genocidal adventures in Africa receive a passionate reckoning in this ambitious documentary based on Adam Hochschild's best-selling history of the same title.

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