NYADIFF

TOUSSAINT L’OUVERTURE

Directed by Philippe Niang, 2012, two 90mins films

France/Haiti

 

Toussaint L’Ouverture is the long-awaited, two-part action-packed epic film, depicting the life of the Haitian leader.  L’Ouverture led the first successful slave revolt in world history, defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and winning independence from France. Known for his military genius and political acumen, L’Ouverture established Haiti as the first black nation in the western hemisphere and the first Black free nation as well. The success of L’Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution rocked the institution of slavery throughout the “New World” of the Americas.

 

The two parts French epic film (with English subtitles), Toussaint L’Ouverture won three prizes at the 2012 Pan African Film Festival in LA — Best Feature Narrative, an Audience Award for Narrative Feature and the Best Actor award for Jean-Louis’ portrayal of the Haitian revolutionist.

 

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