DVD - General Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait (4 stars)

General Idi Amin Dada: Autoportrait

(E) 90min (Eureka DVD retail)

To coincide with the DVD release of Kevin MacDonald’s excellent fictional feature The Last King of Scotland comes the re-emergence of this disturbing and illuminating 1974 biographical portrait of Idi Amin by German filmmaker Barbet Schroeder (Barfly, Reversal of Fortune). Taking a very direct and inquisitive approach to the words and dreams of Uganda’s then promising young dictator, Schroeder and his crew follow Amin as he berates some cabinet members, supervises a war game simulation (of an invasion of Israel) and addresses some Ugandan physicians while all the time unspooling his pro-Arabic state, anti-semitic rants. It’s a really remarkable portrait of a tyrant in the making, the kind of which no filmmaker would try and make today for fear of being branded a terrorist alongside their subject matter. Minimal extras.

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