Toussaint Louverture | The Man Who Set a Nation Free

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Directed by Phillippe Niang (France/Haiti) in French and Haitian Creole with English subtitles.  Feature:  195 min. including one 15 min. intermission.

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

Narrative

Toussaint Louverture was eight years old when he saw his father thrown in the sea of The Cap of Santo Domingo by a slave buyer who found his father to be too old and useless. Toussaint Louverture kept these horrible moments in his mind and they became the foundation of his revolution and rebellion. He was bought by a new master, Bayon de Libertad who immediately recognized his special qualities. Bayon allowed Toussaint to learn to read and write and gave him his freedom at age 33.

At 50 years old, Toussaint Louverture started a revolution to free his people and country. He became known as “The Black Spartacus”. He sacrificed his family, leaving his wife and two sons to join the slaves.  Eventually he became their leader.  He joined the Spanish Army against the French Army. Because of his success, some became jealous of him.  But others saw greatness in him.

The French Army proposed a deal to become a general in their army.  He accepted and led his troops with Moyse, Christophe and Dessalines.  At a time when napoleon Bonaparte declared slavery legal again, Toussaint declared his own constitution of freedom for his country which comprised of Black French people.  This infuriated Napoleon.

Based on a true story, this film follows the tale of the one man who defied Napoleon and liberated his country from Colonial rule.

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