I have an interest in politics, world affairs, history and all of these elements are present in Barbet Schroder's documentary General Idi Amin: A Self Portrait (1974). Of course, my interest was intesified by the fictional version of Amin's life depicted in the 2007 film The Last King of Scotland. Schroder has made an interesting film by allowing Amin to set up some scenes and direct what he will be doing and saying. However, the film becomes something of a battle between documentarian and subject between Amin’s persona and Schroeder’s added voice over narration. Scenes of celebration and triumph are staged for the film. A trip down the Nile is arranged, which ends up juxtaposing the dictator with crocodiles and elephants. Schroeder and Almendros sit in on cabinet meetings, in which Amin intimidates his foreign minister, blathering on about his goal of a glorious foreign policy. The filmmakers then interrupt this rant to announce that this particular government minister disappeared shortly after and was replaced by a former model and Cambridge-educated lawyer Princess Elizabeth of Toro. It is a rare opportunity to get inside the mind of a megalomaniac who betrays a cunning with a kind of innocence I cannot image the the ministry of information allowing a leader to do such a thing. It is still a fascinating portrait.