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General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait

Street Date:
December 12th, 2017
Movie Release Year:
1974
Studio:
Criterion
Length:
90 Minutes
Release Country
United States
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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

  • Blu-ray

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p/AVC MPEG-4

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.33:1

Audio Formats

  • English LPCM Mono

Supplements

  • New interview with Schroeder
  • New interview with journalist and author Andrew Rice about Idi Amin’s regime
  • PLUS: An essay by critic J. Hoberman