It’s the non-subtitled version though, so only our French speakers will be able to fully appreciate it.
But the rest of you can still see what the film looks and sounds like, and I’m sure you can figure out a lot of what’s happening in each scene based on the actions of the actors.
As a quick recap… we’ve profiled Philippe Niang’s Toussaint L’Ouverture film that got the black blogosphere uber-excited about a month or 2 ago when the trailer was first posted here on S&A.
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 in on French TV this spring (If it hasn’t already), the film premiered in the USA at the Pan African Film Festival in LA last month, which is where I saw it, and where it picked up some trophies.
Some have wondered why I haven’t reviewed it yet; well, I want to see it a second time, and in full; the day it screened at the PAFF when I saw it, also happened to be the day I was to fly back to NYC; plus there were a few delays in the start time. I had it all planned well I thought; but I ended up having to leave with about 30 minutes still to go.
So I want to give it a fair viewing without all the distractions I had that day and then write up a properly supported review of the film.
There’s still really no word on whether it’ll play commercially in the US or even on TV (maybe cable; this could be something one of the black cable TV networks could pick up); it is after all made specifically as a TV miniseries.
It’ll screen in other festivals around the world over the next few months.
I just learned that the Haitian video-sharing website NouLive.com has the film available for viewing on its website – at least part 1 of it (it’s over 3 hours long in total). I don’t know if this is a legal upload of the film, and if it’ll come down eventually; or if it was something strategic by the film’s producers. I’ve sent emails out to with questions.
All that said… part 1 of the film (45 minutes long) is embedded below for you to watch, and if it doesn’t play here, head over to Noulive.com to watch it; and if it suddenly disappears, you’ll know why :):