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General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait: Underground Movie Review



Most of us here in the Philippines only know about despots who are very near our hearts and those that were really evil at best. Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Pol Pot and Ferdinand Marcos are only few names but we are sure only a few people know about General Idi Amin Dada, the former President of Uganda. This film slash documentary starring Idi Amin himself, is a look at a man who led a nation, oppressed his people yet managed to laugh all about it at the end of the day.

This film is actually a very special and controversial film in a sense that not only did Idi Amin starred in it; he himself approved the filming of his life as the President of Uganda. Due to this, the film is actually really old. In it we see his family life, his duties as president and his political views about Uganda's economic warfare policy and his dealings with the other world leaders of that time.

For us, the film is fifty-fifty at best. History buffs would really like it but most would probably see it as trash. Most would likely see it as watching The History Channel which means its somewhat boring. The only saving grace for this film is probably its historical importance and how its effective in letting us see how crazy or even how charming Idi Amin was.



Rating: 2 and a half reels




Why you should watch it:
- if you're a history buff.
- if you like true to life biographies, this is probably it.

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- it's boring.


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