King Leopold's Ghost
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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 the Netherlands began claiming valuable African coastal land in order to access a variety of precious resources, Leopold eventually opted to follow the path carved out by explorer Henry Morgan Stanley that led directly into the heart of the Congo. An agent for private interests whose primary goal it was to build routes out of the Congo so that the valuable… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although King Leopold's Ghost dwells perhaps too long on the viciousness, it does offer clues on how it became a circle."
‑ Michael Ordoņa, Los Angeles Times
"In its hard-hitting depiction of a legacy of unspeakable brutality, this film shows that the ghosts of Leopold are alive and well."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"... 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."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"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."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"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."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
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