Mobutu, King of Zaire

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Part of series
HU OSA 350-3-2 Records of the International Monitor Institute: Africa: Sierra Leone
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BetaSP NTSC #13 / No. 1
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Original Title
Mobutu, roi du Zaire
Date of production
Primary Type
Moving image
French, English, English
1 hour 16 min.
Quality becomes increasingly poor from minute 49' of the film. The tape continues with 18' of unrelated BBC material.


Documentary film
Contents Summary
“Mobutu, King of Zaire” is a documentary film about Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, the former President of Zaire who held onto power for more than 30 years, from 1965 to 1997. Using extensive archival footage and interviews, the film offers a detailed account of Mobutu’s private and political life. The archival footage in the film includes, among others, the capture and maltreatment of Patrice Lumumba (Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1960); the repression of the student protest that took place in Kinshasha in June 1969; Marie-Antoinette Mobutu’s 32nd birthday party and images of Mobutu’s mistresses; scenes from parades praising Mobutu as well as demonstrations against him; and ceremonial meetings between Mobutu and several leaders of the world, including President Richard Nixon, President George H.W. Bush, Chairman Mao Zedong, Prime Minister Jacques Chirac, Romanian President Nicolae Ceaușescu, and King Baudouin I of Belgium. The film features interviews with Patrice Lumumba (Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1960), Mobutu Sese Seko (the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as Zaire for much of his reign, from 1965 to 1997), Larry Devlin (CIA Chief, Congo), Aubert Mukendi (Mathematician), Sakombi Inongo (Minister of Information), Nimy Mayidika (Security Chief), Colonel de Tenbossche (President’s Paymaster), Lye Mudaba Yoka (Playwright), Pierre Janssen (President’s son-in-law), Alfred Cahen (Belgian Ambassador), Colonel Mallants (President’s Advisor), Gilles Sambwa (Governor National Bank), Kin-Kiey Mulumba (Minister of Information), Hugues Leclercq (Economic Advisor), Étienne Tshisekedi (Opposition Leader), Laurent Kabila (Rebel Leader), and Nelson Mandela (President of South Africa).


Associated Names
Michel, Thierry (Director)
Denselow, Robin (Creator/Author, Narrator)
Les Films d'Ici (Producer)
Image Creation (Producer)
Les Films de la Passerelle (Producer)