Trailer For Philippe Niang’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Film Is Here! Stars Jimmy Jean-Louis, Aïssa Maïga, Sonia Rolland

Trailer For Philippe Niang's "Toussaint L'Ouverture" Film Is Here! Stars Jimmy Jean-Louis, Aïssa Maïga, Sonia Rolland

Well… it's not Danny Glover's long-in-gestation Toussaint L'Ouverture film, but I'll take it… 

Emmanuel profiled this French production a little bit ago, from French network France 2, and director Philippe Niang, titled Toussaint L'Ouverture.

Jimmy Jean-Louis stars as the title character in what will be a 2-part TV-movie, and he's joined by French actresses Aïssa Maïga (Paris, Je T'Aime, Bamako) as Toussaint's wife, Suzanne, and Sonia Rolland (Moloch Tropical, Midnight In Paris) as Marie-Eugénie Sonthonax, wife of abolitionist L.F. Sonthonax.

Expected to air on the French network sometime in 2012, no specific date has been given yet, nor whether we can expect the film to travel.

Till we know more, here's the film's first official trailer, which is in French, and not subtitled; but the images tell the tale, and I like these images (the aspect ratio is a little off):

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Trailer for the show is on youtube, iW's anti-spam filters won't let me post it here, but search youtube under name of director & TV show.


I would love to see this movie in the State….it is quite rich and interesting…Please can we see it in the US?

vladimir volma

I'd like to buy this movie, where can I find it?

Dyann Robinson

This looks like it is a beautiful movie. Long overdue. I just debuted my play called "TOUSSAINT"(The Story of Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Father of the Haitian Revolution) in February 2012, in Tuskegee, Alabama. My play has only 5 characters including Toussaint, and the story is told through the voice of Suzanne L'Ouverture (played by myself) as she remembers what led to she and Toussaint being arrested and taken to France. It is performed by my Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc. We have a scene synopsis on You Tube at:, in case you would like to see what we did onstage.
I am proud of our play, but it is great that a movie has been made. I hope it comes to the US.
Congratulations Jimmy Jean-Louis and Philippe Naing. I would be honored to meet two people who love the story of Toussaint L'Ouverture as much as I do.


There is a controversy here in France because the filmmaker began to work with historians and then modified History by inventing facts to comply with his pro-Toussaint views… Altought the subject is great and the films is quite good, it does not describe what actually happened.


Aside from this being a story of my historical background and my forefather, it has my two favorite French Black actors Aissa Maiga and Jimmy Jean-Louis. I will watch this although I will say that I don't find the story as gritty as I was expecting. The visual is too clean too prettied up, when it should be gritty and unfortunately very dark. The most capitvating scene was with the ships coming into Haiti and Toussaint says, "It's the entire French army descending on Haiti." Frightening really.

jean lindor

i can not wait to see that movie as well, but i which you guys repect all part of history. however i don't know why they choose to shoot the movie in france besid in haiti. that is not only on side story but haitient and french. okay


A must see indeed… This film should make a debut world wide, to make aware of Haiti's contribution to humanity


This is a must see…


can't wait……..what a treat to go back in history regarding such character that was Toussaint,

NewArts Entertainment

Toussaint Louverture will be screened at the Pan African Film Festival 2012
Sun, Feb 12, Pt .1@6:00pm/Pt.2@7:45pm
Wed, Feb 15, Pt.1@8:15pm/Pt.2@10:00pm
Mon, Feb 20, Pt.1@3:30pm/Pt.2@5:15pm
The long-awaited two-part action epic film of the life of Haitian revolutionary, Toussaint Louverture who led the first successful slave revolt in world history by giving the imperialist armies led by Napoleon Bonaparte their first defeat and winning independence from France. Known for his military genius and political acumen, Louverture established Haiti as the first black nation in the western hemisphere and the first Black free nation in it as well. The success of Louverture and the Haitian Revolution shook the institution of slavery throughout the "New World" of the Americas . Stars Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes, Phat Girlz) Aïssa Maïga ( Bamako ), Sonia Rolland (Midnight In Paris ), Stany Coppet (Death in Paradise ) and Hubert Koundé (The Constant Gardener).
Narrative Feature
Director: Philippe Niang
Writer: Sandro Agenor & Philippe Niang

junior brice vincent

I want to know if that movie will be shown in U.S.A theaters please?

choc au lait

it was my understanding that references for accuracy of this project were based on Dr. Yves Jerome's book on Toussaint……i'm glad to see that both of these Haitian icons of past and present are finally in an open forum.


can't wait.


It's been a long time comin'. Hopefully it'll help get Danny's film finally, finally greenlit.

Neg Mawon

SPLENDID…it was about time!


love it. can't wait to see it.


Looks great! Would love to see it at the theaters or at least on netflix!


This shit looks hawt! As a filmmaker, this is inspiration.


My high school French will got me through this clip. I can't wait. I hope it gets an American distributor. It will be a fight, white America has no desire to see any narrative where whites get their asses kicked.


MARGUS GARVEY here we come…!


Wow, looks really good.


absolutely cannot wait!!!

Jean luc

Please let me know where I can watch this in the States.

PS: All I want for Christmas is Aïssa Maïga :p


I didn't understand a word except for "TOUSSAINT!!" and was still like HOT DAMN! LOL How ironic that the French can make a movie about not only an ugly part of their history, but how they got their ass handed to them to boot. Wouldn't see a Nat Turner counterpart here.


It's been a long time coming and I'm very glad to see an actual Haitian in the lead role, but PLEASE let this be subtitled when it arrives to the States. I'm begging. I don't want to miss a single word.


what a great looking movie cant wait to see it


Talented Black actors, actual history AND beautiful period costumes?! Plus that Haitian dude with the cheekbones being all haughty. I wish i could see this here in the States. Don't even care that it's in French, ass kicking language is universal.


Long long long overdue!!!!

Tahir Jetter


James Madison

First saw the photo and instantly thought "Oh, wow! A film about Miles Davis!"

Hopefully "Toussaint L'Ouverture" is revolutionary.


On second thought, this is the film I most want to see in 2012


Why can't they have subtitles. The first historical EPIC film I saw in which Blacks are being heroic (rather than Whites being heroic for Blacks). And I don't understand French nor Kreyol. Bummer.


…oh snap. NICE!

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