General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait 12/05/17

The Criterion Collection

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a precedent! Barbet Schroeder’s documentary gets up close and personal with a narcissistic dictator consumed by his own ego. Idi Amin rants and raves incoherently and demands to be the center of all attention while taking his country down a road to ruin. This is Africa in 1973, where Uganda has been converted into ‘The Idi Amin Reality Show’ — and where a minion in disfavor might be fed to the crocodiles. Schroeder is fearless — he asks the dictator on camera to explain his support for Adolf Hitler’s ideas — and Amin just laughs. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.