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General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait

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Genres: Documentary, Biography, War
Starring: Idi Amin, Fidel Castro, Golda Meir
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Plot Synopsis:

In 1974, Barbet Schroeder went to Uganda to make a film about Idi Amin, the country’s ruthless, charismatic dictator. Three years into a murderous regime that would be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Ugandans, Amin prepared a triumphal greeting for the filmmakers, staging rallies, military maneuvers, and cheery displays of national pride, and envisioning the film as an official portrait to adorn his cult of personality. Schroeder, however, had other ideas, emerging with a disquieting, caustically funny brief against Amin, in which the dictator’s own endless stream of testimony—charming, menacing, and nonsensical by turns—serves as the most damning evidence. A revelatory tug-of-war between subject and filmmaker, General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait is a landmark in the art of documentary and an appalling study of egotism in power.

  • Technical Specs
    Length:90 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.33:1
    Audio Formats:English LPCM Mono
    Special Features:New interview with SchroederNew interview with journalist and author Andrew Rice about Idi Amin’s regimePLUS: An essay by critic J. Hoberman