Lion of the Desert: Movie Summery and Analysis

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‘Lion Of The Desert' Movie Summary Between two world wars, a struggle for freedom took place in Libya within the African desert. The movie ‘Lion of the Desert", is a historically accurate story about the Libyan resistance leader, Omar Mukhtar, teacher by profession, guerilla by obligation. Mukhtar committed himself to a war that could not have been won in his own lifetime. He skillfully led the Libyan resistance against the Italian oppressors from 1911-1931. This movie takes place during the reign of Mussolini, and it shows the courage and dedication the rebels had in order to fight for what they believed in what they knew was morally right. The end result was a massacre in the making. Enraged by the 20-year war carried on by…show more content…
He was brought to court, and accused of torturing and killing Italian soldiers; which he denied. Mukhtar was sentenced to death by hanging in front of his people. On this day the Libyan people lost a great leader and teacher who cared for one thing, freedom. Despite their bravery, the rebels suffered heavy losses, including women and children. Their primitive weaponry was no match for mechanized warfare; despite all this, they continued the fight, and managed to keep the Italians from achieving complete victory for twenty years. Reading/Movie Analysis: The Mahdist Revolution For centuries the people in the African nations where continually subjected to westerners looking to colonize their countries and to start a new life on the land that they grew up on. Over the years there were many battles that took place in colonial Africa, but the two most significant developed within the countries of Libya and Sudan. Both of these battles told the story of poor rebels fighting against large scaled and heavily armed armies. In a way they could be described as "David and Goliath" stories. The Mahdist Revolution against the Egyptian colonizers succeeded because the Mahdist leader; Mohammed Ahmed effectively combined religious, economic and cultural appeals under a charismatic leadership to build a military force capable of defeating his enemies. "What were the motives that drove Muhammad Ahmad to lead a revolt against the Egyptian administration in the

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