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Title:   General Idi Amin Dada
Director:   Barbet Schroeder
Year:   1974
Genre:   Documentary
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.10.18

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11.10.18DVDThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2018
Stack 1, position 4: Spine 153.

I probably picked this up around the time that Last King of Scotland movie came out even though I never got around to seeing that either. It was probably a great surprise to see a leader of a country boast and posture like he does in this film back in the 70s. Watching it for the first time today, I just see shades of Hussein, North Korea, Putin, and Trump, which makes it less funny. Plus when he's on the jungle cruise boat pointing out all the crocodiles, you can't help but wonder how many of his enemies wound up in those waters. So there's a chilling aspect of it too. Wound and crossed together like that, Dada does make a great subject as he's easy to laugh and dance while you also know he's ordered numerous disappearances. Plus the rough narrative nature of a doc during the 70s just presents these random scenes, leaving it for you to stitch together the overall story. I found it a little long at times but ultimately pretty interesting.

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