Sunday, October 22, 2006
Nugget of Truth: The Last King of Scotland
What a powerful movie about the life of Idi Amin! The story was told through the eyes of a young Scotish doctor who came to work at a mission in Uganda. The progression of how this doctor is woed by Amin, brought closer and closer to him, then Amin's true nature is revealed to the doctor. The film shows Amin's charm, his sense of humor, and above all his power. The viewer, like the doctor are taken in by it all. If you do not know the true story of Idi Admin, you would be just as shocked as the doctor is to find it out. The first 3/4 of the movie you have hints of the death and destruction, but there is a part of you rooting for Amin. The last 1/4 of the movie is shocking, graphic, and sad.
The Nugget of Truth comes as the doctor is first starting to see how cruel Amin possibly is. The youngest of Amin's wife tells the doctor, "He has always been this way. He has just chosen now to show you." That is our nugget.
How can you believe what you see? Integrity unfortunately is not the norm. Hypocrisy abounds in this day and age. Corrupt leaders rule with an iron fist and crush those they are suppose to be serving. My heart goes out to those in Africa. While in Rwanda we stayed near one of Amin's houses. During Amins rule over 300,000 Ugandans were murdered. In Rwanda over a million people were killed in 100 days. Why? During the film you get caught up in the life of Amin and the doctor. But there is an unsee character throughout the film. That is the people of Uganda. At the end of the film, once you realize what all has been going on. As you see the death, the destruction, the corruption... a scene flashes on screen. It was a repeat of a scene at the beginning of the movie. It is kids running after the van, smiling and waving. That is the Africa I know. The joy, the hope, the life of the African people. Why must so many die?
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3