Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

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King Leopold II took over leadership of Belgium from his father, King Leopold I, in 1865, and in 1885, hoping to gain power and wealth as well as assuming control of overseas territories like most other European nations of the time, Leopold created, through political lobbying and military force, the Belgian Free State. Its name a grim irony, the Belgian Free State gave Leopold and his cohorts power over the African territory of the Congo, which he soon exploited for its large supplies of ivory and rubber -- the ...
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King Leopold II took over leadership of Belgium from his father, King Leopold I, in 1865, and in 1885, hoping to gain power and wealth as well as assuming control of overseas territories like most other European nations of the time, Leopold created, through political lobbying and military force, the Belgian Free State. Its name a grim irony, the Belgian Free State gave Leopold and his cohorts power over the African territory of the Congo, which he soon exploited for its large supplies of ivory and rubber -- the latter an especially lucrative resource after the invention of the pneumatic tire. Leopold and his soldiers used the Congolese natives as forced labor, with those who refused to work for the Belgians or who violated their newly established laws punished by dismemberment, torture, or death; between 1885 and 1920, nearly ten million people were either slaughtered or worked to death in the Congo under Leopold's rule. Leopold's reign of terror in the Congo became a scandal during the last years of his rule, and he destroyed most of the documents pertaining to the Belgian Free State prior to his death; Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death is a film which attempts to examine the king's crimes with the evidence that still remains. Using interviews with historians, rare documents, and historical reenactments of Leopold's atrocities, Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death is framed by footage of an imagined trial with the king facing a jury for his crimes against humanity -- crimes he was never charged with in his lifetime.
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Special Features

Bonus documentary: Boma-Tervuren, the Journey - this tragic saga documents the exhibition of 267 Congolese at the 1897 World's Fair in Brussels; Scene selection
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2006
  • UPC: 736899093624
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Art Mattan
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elie Larson Participant
Roger May Participant
Steve Driesen Participant
Imotep Tshilombo Participant
Annette Kelly Participant
Maria Misra Participant
Nick Fraser Voice Only
Technical Credits
Peter Bate Director, Screenwriter
Bill Binnemans Co-producer
Else Bogaerts Costumes/Costume Designer
Howard Davidson Score Composer
Nick Fraser Co-producer
Olaf Grunert Co-producer
Renaat Lambeets Cinematographer
Paul Pauwels Producer
Olivier Struye Sound/Sound Designer
Wessel Van Der Hammen Co-producer
Johan van Essche Production Designer
Philippe Van Meerbeck Co-producer
Raymond Vanderslagmolen Sound/Sound Designer
Iikka Vehkalahti Co-producer
Hugh Williams Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death
1. Introduction [4:12]
2. In Search of the Truth [7:43]
3. King Leopold: The Man [4:13]
4. Congo: A Colony in the Making [9:41]
5. Red Rubber, Black Death [5:35]
6. Cruelty Denounced [7:46]
7. Beto Febole Yiwo/Rubber Is Death [13:48]
8. A New Era Begins [11:48]
9. War of Words [10:14]
10. Leopold's International Commission [5:15]
11. Belgium Takes Over [2:50]
12. Epitaph: The Resurrection [5:58]
13. End Credits [:56]
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