General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait

General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait

Directed by Barbet Schroeder • 1974 • France, Switzerland

In 1971, the small African nation of Uganda was taken over by self-styled dictator General Idi Amin Dada, beginning an eight-year reign of terror that would result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands. In this chilling yet darkly comic documentary, director Barbet Schroeder turns his cameras on the infamous tyrant, revealing the dynamic, charming, and appallingly dangerous man whose fanatical neuroses held an entire nation in their grip. Made with the full support and participation of the infamous dictator, General Idi Amin Dada provides a candid and disturbing portrait of one of the 20th century's most notorious figures.

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General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait
  • General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait

    Directed by Barbet Schroeder • 1974 • France, Switzerland

    In 1971, the small African nation of Uganda was taken over by self-styled dictator General Idi Amin Dada, beginning an eight-year reign of terror that would result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands. In this chilling yet darkly comic ...

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  • Barbet Schroeder on GENERAL IDI AMIN DADA (2002)

    The following interview with Barbet Schroeder was recorded at his home in New York City in 2002. Schroeder set up his own production company in 1964 and produced such films as Eric Rohmer’s MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S. Since 1969, he has had a distinguished career as a director of both documentaries and n...

  • Andrew Rice on Idi Amin

    The following interview with Andrew Rice, author of “The Teeth May Smile but the Heart Does Not Forget: Murder and Memory in Uganda,” was conducted in New York City in August 2017.

  • Barbet Schroeder on GENERAL IDI AMIN DADA (2017)

    The following interview with director Barbet Schroeder was conducted in 2017.