Power, Freedom and Madness: Contemporary Francophone Caribbean Film Festival

At Images Cinema, (Free to All) | All films in French and Créole with English subtitles

This year’s film festival will explore questions of leadership, power and freedom in the French-speaking Caribbean with three recent films depicting the lives of historical and fictional figures, whose power resonated throughout the region and beyond.

* Organized by Professors  Katarzyna Pieprzak and Neil Roberts with generous support from the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program for Democratic Studies, the Departments of History, Political Science, and Romance Languages, the Davis Center, and the Programs in Africana Studies, International Studies and Leadership Studies.

Toussaint L’Ouverture

(Double Feature – two 90 minute films) – (2012 Haiti/France)
Monday, February 18 / 5:30-7 PM (part 1) and 7:30-9PM (part 2)

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. A two-part epic film (in French 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. 
Directed by Philippe Niang, 2012, two 90mins films.


(2009 Martinique)
Monday Feb 25, 7PM

Aliker, directed by Guy Deslauriers, narrates the story of André Aliker, the Martinican journalist assassinated in 1934. The film is based on a script by Martinican novelist Patrick Chamoiseau. André Aliker, a communist militant who wrote for Justice, the newspaper of the Martinican Communist Party, became widely known throughout the island as a champion of journalism as a form of free expression and as the means for the pursuit of the truth in the colonial context of Martinique in the 1930s. The film stars Stomy Bugsy, the Cape Verde-born hip-hop singer/composer.

Moloch Tropical

(2010 – Haiti)
Monday March 4, 7PM

Moloch Tropical is a psychological drama that explores the final moments of a fictional Caribbean president as a violent revolution erupts around him. On the day that he set aside for a national holiday, the democratically-elected ruler of a small tropical nation discovers that the populace has taken to the streets in chaotic protests against him and his cronies in power. Insulating himself from the revolutionary unrest, the ruler tries to consolidate his reign, even as his hold on power begins to unravel. Haitian-born director Raoul Peck directs this drama starring Jimmy Jean-Louis and Mireille Metellus.