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on_IN
june_NP
36_CD
,_,
36_CD
,_,
a_DT
self-taught_NN
,_,
idealistic_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
pragmatic_JJ
,_,
young_JJ
man_NN
became_VBD
,_,
at_IN
age_NN
36_CD
,_,
the_DT
first_OD
head_NN
of_IN
government_NN
of_IN
a_DT
newly_RB
independent_JJ
african_JJ
state_NN
,_,
formerly_RB
the_DT
belgian_JJ
congo_NP
._.
two_CD
months_NNS
later_RBR
,_,
he_PP
was_BEDZ
ousted_JJ
from_IN
his_PP$
powerful_JJ
position_NN
and_CC
hunted_VBD
by_IN
government_NN
troops_NNS
until_CS
he_PP
was_BEDZ
captured_VBN
and_CC
brutally_RB
murdered_JJ
along_IN
with_IN
two_CD
aides_NNS
._.
this_DT
little-known_JJ
story_NN
of_IN
this_DT
meteoric_NN
rise_NN
and_CC
fall_NN
is_BEZ
told_VBN
my_PP$
international_JJ
filmmaker_NN
raoul_???
peck_NP
in_CD
"_"
lumumba_NP
._.
"_"
patrice_NN
lumumba_NP
's_POS
(_(
eriq_???
ebouaney_JJ
)_(
story_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
told_VBN
previously_RB
by_IN
helmer_NN
peck_NP
in_IN
his_PP$
1991_CD
award_NN
winning_VBG
documentary_NN
,_,
"_"
lumumba_NP
-_-
death_NN
of_IN
a_DT
prophet_NN
,_,
"_"
virtually_RB
guaranteeing_VBG
that_DT
his_PP$
new_JJ
,_,
fictional_JJ
account_NN
of_IN
a_DT
patriot_NN
remains_VBZ
true_JJ
to_IN
its_PP$
subject_NN
._.
peck_NP
,_,
with_IN
co-writer_NN
pascal_JJ
bonitzer_NN
,_,
begins_VBZ
at_IN
the_DT
end_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
the_DT
young_JJ
political_JJ
leader_NN
._.
we_PP
watch_VB
as_CS
two_CD
white_JJ
men_NNS
perform_VB
the_DT
gruesome_JJ
task_NN
of_IN
dismembering_VBG
the_DT
bodies_NNS
of_IN
three_CD
black_JJ
men_NNS
._.
images_NNS
of_IN
hatchets_NNS
,_,
saws_???
and_CC
fast-emptying_JJ
whiskey_NN
bottles_NNS
accompany_VB
the_DT
grisly_JJ
image_NN
._.
jump_NN
back_NN
a_DT
few_DT
years_NNS
to_IN
a_DT
meeting_NN
among_IN
the_DT
black_JJ
leaders_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
belgian-owned_JJ
congo_NP
._.
a_DT
third_OD
class_NN
postal_JJ
worker_NN
,_,
lumumba_NP
,_,
speaks_VBZ
his_PP$
mind_NN
to_IN
heads_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
powerful_JJ
tribes_NNS
,_,
proclaiming_VBG
himself_PPX
not_XNOT
tribal_JJ
,_,
not_XNOT
regional_JJ
,_,
but_CC
a_DT
national_JJ
leader_NN
._.
his_PP$
small_JJ
,_,
mobile_JJ
party_NN
,_,
the_DT
congolese_JJ
national_JJ
movement_NN
(_(
mnc_???
)_)
is_BEZ
gaining_VBG
prominence_NN
and_CC
patrice_NN
leaves_NNS
his_PP$
clerical_JJ
job_NN
to_IN
sell_VB
beer_NN
,_,
and_CC
get_VB
his_PP$
face_NN
known_VBN
,_,
in_IN
the_DT
bustling_JJ
capital_NN
,_,
stanleyville_NP
._.
at_IN
a_DT
time_NN
when_CS
the_DT
colonial_JJ
empires_NNS
are_BER
falling_VBG
down_RP
around_IN
the_DT
world_NN
,_,
lumumba_NP
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
right_NN
place_NN
at_IN
the_DT
right_NN
time_NN
and_CC
,_,
through_IN
political_JJ
savvy_???
and_CC
chess-like_JJ
manipulation_NN
,_,
achieves_VBZ
a_DT
position_NN
of_IN
leadership_NN
of_IN
the_DT
mnc_???
._.
as_CS
the_DT
date_NN
for_IN
independence_NN
approaches_NNS
,_,
he_PP
tactically_RB
positions_NNS
himself_NN
to_IN
be_BE
the_DT
new_JJ
nation_NN
's_POS
first_OD
prime_JJ
minister_NN
and_CC
defense_NN
minister_NN
,_,
supporting_VBG
the_DT
presidency_NN
of_IN
joseph_NP
kasa_???
vubu_???
(_(
maka_???
kotto_NN
)_(
._.
the_DT
coalition_NN
he_PP
created_VBD
soon_RB
starts_NNS
to_IN
fall_NN
apart_RB
as_IN
the_DT
former_DT
belgian_JJ
masters_NNS
continue_VB
to_IN
exert_VB
influence_NN
on_IN
the_DT
struggling_JJ
nation_NN
as_IN
they_PP
strive_VB
to_TO
maintain_VB
economic_JJ
hold_NN
on_IN
the_DT
country_NN
's_POS
vast_JJ
natural_JJ
resources_NNS
of_IN
copper_NN
,_,
diamonds_NNS
,_,
gold_NN
and_CC
more_DT
._.
lumumba_NP
won't_MD
seek_VB
the_DT
help_NN
of_IN
the_DT
us_NP
,_,
knowing_VBG
that_CS
they_PP
would_MD
try_VB
to_IN
create_VB
de_NP
facto_NNS
american_JJ
control_NN
of_IN
the_DT
fledgling_JJ
government_NN
._.
his_PP$
initial_JJ
investigation_NN
into_IN
soviet_JJ
assistance_NN
immediately_RB
tags_???
patrice_JJ
as_CS
a_DT
communist_JJ
and_CC
his_PP$
integrity_NN
is_BEZ
overshadowed_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
cold_JJ
war_NN
threat_NN
of_IN
russian_JJ
domination_NN
._.
the_DT
situation_NN
goes_VBZ
from_IN
bad_JJ
to_IN
worse_JJR
as_CS
the_DT
army_NN
mutinies_NNS
,_,
the_DT
remaining_JJ
whites_NNS
begin_VB
to_IN
evacuate_JJ
or_CC
arm_NN
themselves_PPX
,_,
belgian_JJ
troops_NNS
violently_RB
intervene_VB
,_,
the_DT
lucrative_JJ
katanga_NP
province_NN
succeeds_VBZ
under_IN
the_DT
leadership_NN
of_IN
rival_JJ
moise_NN
tschombe_NP
(_(
pascal_JJ
nzonzi_???
)_(
and_CC
lumumba_NP
is_BEZ
refused_VBN
access_NN
to_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
country_NN
when_CS
he_PP
returns_VBZ
from_IN
a_DT
conference_NN
abroad_RB
._.
this_DT
tumultuous_JJ
and_CC
little_JJ
known_JJ
period_NN
of_IN
modern_JJ
african_JJ
history_NN
saw_VBD
a_DT
score_NN
of_IN
nations_NNS
struggling_VBG
for_IN
independence_NN
from_IN
the_DT
sometimes-odious_JJ
colonialists_NNS
who_WP
have_HV
ruled_VBN
much_DT
of_IN
the_DT
world_NN
from_IN
their_PP$
european_JJ
seats_NNS
of_IN
power_NN
for_IN
centuries_NNS
._.
peck_NP
focuses_VBZ
his_PP$
story_NN
on_IN
familiar_JJ
material_NN
that_CS
strives_VBZ
to_IN
give_VB
an_DT
honest_JJ
portrayal_NN
of_IN
patrice_NN
lumumba_NP
,_,
his_PP$
friend_NN
and_CC
foes_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
independence_NN
movements_NNS
that_CS
gripped_VBN
africa_NP
in_IN
the_DT
60_CD
's_BEZ
and_CC
60_CD
's_BEZ
._.
(_)
during_IN
the_DT
time_NN
the_DT
story_NN
takes_VBZ
place_NN
,_,
many_DT
new_JJ
nations_NNS
,_,
including_IN
nigeria_NP
and_CC
somalia_NP
,_,
were_BED
born_VBN
,_,
with_IN
varying_JJ
degrees_NNS
of_IN
success_NN
and_CC
failure_NN
,_,
usually_RB
dependent_JJ
upon_IN
which_WDT
country_NN
colonized_JJ
them_PP
._.
some_DT
colonial_JJ
masters_NNS
were_BED
better_RBR
than_CS
others_NNS
._.
)_)
the_DT
effort_NN
involved_JJ
in_IN
"_"
lumumba_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
quite_RB
ambitious_JJ
as_CS
peck_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
crew_NN
before_IN
and_CC
behind_IN
the_DT
camera_NN
strive_VB
to_IN
bring_VB
to_IN
life_NN
this_DT
slice_NN
of_IN
world_NN
history_NN
that_CS
might_MD
have_HV
gone_VBN
unexplored_JJ
for_IN
decades_NNS
,_,
if_CS
at_IN
all_PDT
._.
production_NN
values_NNS
are_BER
first_OD
rate_NN
on_IN
what_WDT
must_MD
be_BE
a_DT
small_JJ
,_,
by_IN
us_NP
standards_NNS
,_,
budget_NN
._.
the_DT
period_NN
feel_VB
and_CC
realistic_JJ
african_JJ
settings_NNS
are_BER
nicely_RB
maintained_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
production_NN
that_CS
traveled_VBN
from_IN
zimbabwe_NP
to_IN
mozambique_NP
._.
the_DT
screenplay_NN
covers_VBZ
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
ground_NN
and_CC
does_DOZ
yeoman_NP
's_BEZ
work_NN
in_IN
providing_VBG
a_DT
great_JJ
deal_NN
of_IN
detailed_JJ
history_NN
while_CS
trying_VBG
to_IN
do_DO
justice_NN
to_IN
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
lumumba_NP
's_POS
life_NN
._.
the_DT
political_JJ
side_NN
of_IN
things_NNS
is_BEZ
evenly_RB
told_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
linear_JJ
,_,
straightforward_JJ
manner_NN
that_CS
teaches_VBZ
,_,
not_XNOT
preaches_VBZ
._.
it_PP
concentrates_VBZ
on_IN
the_DT
good_JJ
deeds_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
man_NN
,_,
if_CS
a_DT
bit_NN
as_IN
a_DT
stalwart_JJ
saint_NN
,_,
but_CC
doesn't_DOZ
embellish_VB
on_IN
a_DT
larger_JJR
than_CS
life_NN
persona_NP
._.
the_DT
family_NN
side_NN
of_IN
patrice_NN
's_POS
life_NN
is_BEZ
handled_VBN
in_IN
several_DT
,_,
perfunctory_NN
and_CC
brief_JJ
interludes_NNS
that_CS
show_VB
him_PP
talking_VBG
to_IN
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
children_NNS
,_,
embracing_VBG
his_PP$
wife_NN
or_CC
lamenting_VBG
the_DT
death_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
child_NN
._.
i_PP
know_VB
the_DT
intent_NN
is_BEZ
to_TO
flesh_NN
the_DT
man_NN
out_RP
,_,
but_CC
too_RB
short_JJ
a_DT
shrift_NN
is_BEZ
given_VBN
to_IN
the_DT
family_NN
man_NN
side_NN
of_IN
lumumba_NP
._.
the_DT
story_NN
,_,
as_CS
such_DT
,_,
has_HVZ
a_DT
lopsided_JJ
feel_VB
about_IN
it_PP
._.
high_JJ
marks_NNS
go_VB
to_IN
eriq_???
ebouaney_NN
as_IN
the_DT
title_NN
character_NN
._.
the_DT
actor_NN
gives_VBZ
a_DT
convincing_JJ
,_,
charismatic_JJ
performance_NN
as_IN
the_DT
multifaceted_VBN
,_,
politically_RB
deft_JJ
patrice_NN
lumumba_NP
who_WP
has_HVZ
the_DT
good_JJ
of_IN
his_PP$
people_NN
and_CC
his_PP$
country_NN
as_IN
the_DT
force_NN
driving_VBG
his_PP$
own_DT
ambitions_NNS
._.
in_IN
true_JJ
docudrama_NP
tradition_NN
,_,
the_DT
supporting_JJ
cast_NN
does_DOZ
not_XNOT
outshine_VB
the_DT
star_NN
,_,
complementing_VBG
his_PP$
good_JJ
efforts_NNS
,_,
instead_RB
._.
"_"
lumumba_NP
"_"
is_BEZ
a_DT
solid_JJ
,_,
interesting_JJ
,_,
educational_JJ
and_CC
honest_JJ
docudrama_NP
that_CS
should_MD
appeal_VB
to_IN
film_NN
buffs_NP
and_CC
politicos_NP
,_,
both_RB
._.
it_PP
has_HVZ
more_DT
intelligence_NN
in_IN
its_PP$
telling_NN
than_CS
anything_PN
i've_???
seen_VBN
out_RP
of_IN
hollywood_NP
for_IN
months_NNS
and_CC
i_PP
give_VB
it_PP
a_DT
b_NN
+_SYM
._.