Raoul Peck was educated in Haiti, Zaire (Congo), the U.S. and France. He studied engineering and economics at Berlin University, worked as a journalist and photographer from 1980 to 1985, and received his film degree from the Berlin Academy of Film and Television in 1988. His acclaimed film Lumumba told the story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of Patrice Lumumba, the leader of the independent Congo. Lumumba received an Independent Spirit Nomination, numerous festival awards, and aired on HBO in 2002. His other films include: Haitian Corner; Lumumba—Death of a Prophet (Best Documentary, 1992 Montreal Film Festival, and Procirep Prize, Festival du Réel); The Man on the Shore (in competition, 1993 Cannes Film Festival); Desounen—Dialogue with Death; Haiti—Silence of the Dogs; Chère Catherine, (SONY Special Prize at the 1997 Locarno Festival); and Corps Plongés. Peck also received the Nestor Almendros Prize (1994) and The Irene Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award (2003) from Human Rights Watch.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.
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