Here’s your first look at the trailer for the upcoming slave uprising film, Tula, The Revolt, from Dutch director Jeroen Leinders, which is based on a true story about a slave uprising on the island of Curacao, a Dutch colony in 1795, and the man called Tula, who stood up against his oppressors, and led the revolt that would last about a month.
Danny Glover leads a pack of international actors that also includes Obi Abili, Jeroen Krabbé,Derek de Lint, Henriette Tol and Barry Hay.
Obi Abili (a UK actor of Nigerian decent) stars in the film as the titular Tula, while Glover plays Shinishi, the elder of the group.
The film, described as an action-drama, is complete, as the filmmakers are aiming for a July 1, 2013 premiere, because it was exactly on July 1, 150 years ago, that slavery in the former Dutch colony was abolished on the island of Curacao (1863).
The producers plan to premiere the film in the Netherlands, following what they’re calling a pre-premiere in Curaçao – although the latter decision apparently lies with their distributor.
Inspire Pictures co-produced the film, which will be distributed by Benelux Film Distributors. No word on when it’ll play other territories – like the USA. Although I would assume it will. I’m sure it’ll be picked up by festivals in the USA – especially Diaspora festivals.
The film was shot last year in Curacao at actual locations where the real uprising occurred, giving an authenticity to it, which was important to the filmmakers.
Altogether, the production budget of the film was $3.5 million.
Here’s the brand-spanking-new trailer: