Amin : The Rise And Fall This biographical movie begins with a short blurb about Uganda, followed by the joyous scenes surrounding Amin’s military takeover from Milton Obote. He goes about arresting and torturing the rebels. In his freezer he keeps the heads of his rivals and says: “It is a Kaqwa way. I talk to them”. Amin then goes about having Asians expelled from Uganda saying: “Uganda is for Ugandas. There will be no more Shahs and Patels. Let them swim back.” After the infamous 1976 Entebbe hostage situation where Israeli commandos make a daring rescue of their citizens who were taken into Uganda on a hijacked plane, Amin has Dora Bloch (the only hostage the Israelis couldn’t liberate) killed. Amin then goes on to believing he is the ‘Hitler of Africa’ and promises that he will actually erect a statue in honour of his namesake “in the middle of Kampala”. Amin becomes a rather childish and sick psychopath who mixes voodoo, rape, torture, and dancing. He says things like: “I am the best lover of Africa”, “…
Disturbing but engrossing
Amin : The Rise And Fall This movie is disturbing, grisly, and unpleasant – much like the reign of Idi Amin that it depicts. The film is quite graphic in its violence, and while this will make it hard to watch for some it is necessary to tell the true story of Amin. Olita plays Amin to the hilt, portraying him as a pompous killer who has no regard for human life or the fate of Uganda. We follow how Amin angers one foreign power after another, causing most Western powers to abandon Uganda; one memorable scene in the movie shows when the Soviets, Amin’s last ally, pack up to leave the country and Amin rushes to the airport to try to stop them. Throughout the film he also murders anyone who opposes him, or even offends him in the slightest way. This movie really lays Amin and his rule bare; you see what a true despot was and Olita portrays his as having absolutely no redeeming qualities. Not easy to watch, but a fascinating story of a bizarre politician.