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Feb. 15, 2002
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"Lumumba," Critically Acclaimed Film Set for Screening
Followed by Guest Appearance from Noted Filmmaker

A Story of Betrayed Ideals and Fallen Heroes, Failed Independence
and the Promise of Pan-African Unity

Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills, (CSUDH), the Center for the Study of Global Diasporas is host to a special screening of the critically acclaimed film, "Lumumba," on Saturday, Feb. 23, in LaCorte Hall. This film, set for an 11 a.m. showing, traces the meteoric rise and tragic fall of a legendary African leader, Patrice Emery Lumumba.

Lumumba rose rapidly to the office of Prime Minister when Belgium conceded the Congo's independence in June, 1960. Fearlessly pursuing his dream of a united Africa, Lumumba gained the resentment of powerful enemies.

"We are very excited to present this important, groundbreaking film to the campus community and the friends of CSUDH," said Dr. Timothy Chin, director of the Center for the Study of Global Diasporas in Southern California. "This independent film, which has received serious critical acclaim and won many prizes, has been opening across the country in limited engagements, film festivals, and college and university tours to consistent sell-out audiences. The enduring importance of the film arises from its historical subject, African independence, as well as from its presentation of the broader themes of anti-colonial struggle, post-colonialism, and third world liberation."

Renowned independent filmmaker Raoul Peck will be on hand to talk about the film and answer questions following the screening. "In addition to writing and directing several award winning films, Mr. Peck was a former minister of culture of Haiti. He has just returned from Germany where he served as a judge at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. CSUDH is one stop on a college tour that includes Duke University, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem University, Colgate University, the University of Missouri, and Mt. Holyoke College. After the tour, Mr. Peck is off to Africa to research his next project," added Dr. Chin.

The public is encouraged to attend this free screening of "Lumumba."

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