Général Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait (A Self Portrait)
Général Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait (A Self Portrait) (1975)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 5, 1975
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

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.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

An interesting but disappointingly facile look at a man who was both a symptom and the source of unspeakable genocide.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

'Knowing how ruthless and psychotic General Idi Amin Dada is makes Schroeder's documentary all the more compelling.

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New York Times

The film is virtually a self-portrait -- both terrifying and sorrowful.

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Daniel Walber

General Idi Amin Dada is still evocative because it is still bizarre.

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Jeremy Heilman

A fascinating historical document and an absurd portrait of fascist power run amok.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Idi Amin Dada is not a particularly good documentary, but it's often a fascinating one.

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Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide

Schroeder's film hypnotically transmits horrific humour and intelligence in an effective manner.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a fascinating and unnerving look at a mass murderer playing the role of the good leader

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"General Idi Amin Dada" is the 1974 documentary that Forest Whitaker watched in order to hone his performance for "The Last… More