Congo

Congo

White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

Downloadable Video - 2004
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This documentary describes how King Leopold II of Belgium turned the Congo into its private colony between 1885 and 1908. Under his control, the Congo became a gulag labor camp of shocking brutality. Leopold posed as the protector of Africans fleeing Arab slave-traders but, in reality, he carved out an empire based on terror to harvest rubber. Families were held as hostages, starving to death if the men failed to produce enough wild rubber. Children's hands were chopped off as punishment for late deliveries. The Belgian government has denounced this documentary as a "tendentious diatribe" for depicting King Leopold II as the moral forebear of Adolf Hitler, responsible for the death of 10 million people in his rapacious exploitation of the Congo. Yet, it is agreed today that the first Human Rights movement was spurred by what happened in the Congo.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : , ArtMattan Productions, , [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr. 30 min. 8 sec.)) : sound, color

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