Mobutu

Four-part docuseries about Joseph Désiré Mobutu

Broadcaster

VRT/Canvas
RTBF

Director

Guillaume Graux

Editors-in-chief

Guillaume Graux, Joost Vandensande & Wendy Bashi

Expected

2025

categorie

Documentary

Joseph Désiré Mobutu (1930-1997), a dictator that Africa has rarely ever known, remained in power in Congo for no less than 32 years. His reign was characterised by a continuous balancing between collaboration with the Western world and a pursuit of African ‘authenticité’.

Mobutu will be a historical retrospective, inevitably interwoven with the contemporary story of “black lives matter”. We talk to people who were in Mobutu’s inner circle and we’ll investigate the relationship between Congo and the western world. Mobutu will be an eye-opener that hàs to reach the younger generation.

The series is made by Guillaume Graux, Joost Vandensande (International Emmy Award nominee for Return to Rwanda) and Wendy Bashi, and is realised with the support of the Flemish Film Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinema of the French community in Belgium (CCA), Screen Flanders and the Belgian Tax Shelter. The series is a production with VRT and RTBF in coproduction with Proximus