The Last King of Scotland

29 May 2007

The Last King of Scotland

 

The Last King of Scotland is a movie based on the novel with the same name, originally written in 1998 by an English journalist Giles Foden. The story mixes fictional character with real events in Uganda during the realm of the dictatorship of the president General Idi Amin Dada from 1971 to 1979. With extensive research and interesting story-telling, the book won several novel awards. For those who wonder what the meaning of the title of the novel and the film is all about, how Scotland relates to Uganda, here is the answer. In fact, the title of the book is taken from part of Idi Amin‘s self-proclaimed grandiose title as “His Excellency President for Life Field Marshal Al Hadji Dr. Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, King of Scotland Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular.”

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