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General Idi Amin Dada
It Happened Yesterday

General Idi Amin Dada is a documentary about the Ugandan dictator who was responsible for the deaths of 300,000 of his countrymen between 1971 and 1979, a situation that hit the headlines when he ordered expulsion from the country of all inhabitants of Asian origin before proceeding to commit one atrocity after another. With the consent of Amin himself, the camera accompanies him on a wildlife tour, to a swim meet and to other events intended to demonstrate his popularity, but which really only serve to reveal his mad self-absorption and paranoia. He was nevertheless overthrown shortly afterwards and found asylum in an Arab country.
BIOGRAPHY
BARBET SHROEDER Born in Teheran in 1941, Shroeder studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris. He worked as a photographer, jazz promoter and producer for Rohmer and Rivette until directing his first film, More (1969). Acclaimed for his documentary about despot Idi Amin, he has directed 14 films, including Barfly (1987), Before and After (1996), Desperate Measures (1998), Our Lady of the Assassins (2000) and Murder by Numbers (2001). He is also an actor, screenwriter and producer.
CAST & CREW
Director
Barbet Schroeder
Screenplay
Barbet Schroeder
Photography
Néstor Almendros
Edition
Denise de Casabianca
Running Time
90 m.
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