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  1. Mar 27, 2014
    8
    White King, Red Rubber, Black Death is a very accurate, organized documentary on the Belgian agendas in the Congo, and why rubber was such a valuable asset to their economy. It manages to tell the story from the oppressed side's point of view, most of the time, a side not looked at in these kind of documentaries.
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  1. Dramatization is often a questionable tactic in documentaries, but by picturing Leopold (Elie Larson) on trial like Adolf Eichmann, Peter Bate adroitly compares the colonial genocide to the Holocaust.
  2. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    70
    A remarkable triumph of documentary filmmaking. It is impossible to walk away from this film without being jolted.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    A stunning indictment of Belgium's brutal colonization of the Congo in the late 19th century, Brit documaker Peter Bate's White King, Red Rubber, Black Death illustrates how European exploitation in Africa caused irreparable damage to the continent.