’Toussaint Louverture’ Opens New Season of African Perspectives

African Perspectives kick off their 2015 series on Saturday, 31 January with the screening of ‘Toussaint Louverture’ at the Goethe Centre.

The film, directed by French-Senegalese Philippe Niang, promises to be entertaining, exciting and enriching. ‘Toussaint Louverture’ is a two-part action epic film of the life of Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture who led the first and only successful slave revolt in the history of the world.

The film is the long overdue telling about the man who, born into slavery, became a general in the French army and even defied Napoleon’s power by making his homeland, Haiumlti, the first independent black state in the world, an abolitionist and anti-colonialist state.

In three hours, Niang draws a breathtaking historical epic which perfectly translates the complex personality of the hero of Haitian independence and of the liberation of black people.

The success of Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian revolution shook the worldwide institution of slavery and dealt a major blow to the doctrine of white supremacy.

Starring in this award-winning film are Jimmy Jean-Louis (‘Heroes’, ‘Phat Girlz’) Aiumlssa Maiumla (‘Bamako’), Sonia Rolland (‘Midnight In Paris’), and Hubert Koundeacute (‘The Constant Gardener’).

The screening starts at 19h00, with a 10 minute intermission between the two parts. Entrance is N$40.

Source : The Namibian