Idi-ology

See Idi Amin Dada at the Modern

There are few more controversial political figures than former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. At once beloved and despised by his people, Amin was paranoid, bloodthirsty and a laugh riot. Wild rumors swarmed around him that only increased his appeal. Who wouldn't love a ruler who ate the heart of a military rival? While never proven, the taint of cannibalism still clings to Amin like a milk mustache. Barbet Schroeder, the genius behind 1987's Barfly, lensed an extremely candid documentary, General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait, in 1975. He was given unprecedented access to Amin's world. Idi obviously had a blast and even shouts directions at the camera crew a few times. While not the shocking exposé one might expect about this deranged despot, this is still a mesmerizing glimpse into the mind of a truly original psychotic wacko. Don't miss it. Idi Amin Dada screens 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. The screening will be preceded by a lecture at 6 p.m. Visit themodern.org/films for info.
Thu., April 3, 6:45 p.m., 2008

 
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