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Regie // The Living and the Dead Ensemble

Montage // Louis Henderson

© The Living and the Dead Ensemble / Spectre Production

(UK / France 2020, 132 Min, Haitian Creole, French / engl. subtitles)

The Haitian revolution was a test case for the ideals of the French Revolution: What does the promise that all men are brothers who enjoy the same inviolable rights even mean as long as colonies and slavery exist? Nothing, according to the enslaved inhabitants of Haiti, who rebelled against the owners of the sugar cane plantations in 1791. In 1961, Antillean writer Édouard Glissant dedicated his play „Monsieur Toussaint“ to their leader Toussaint Louverture, which in turn serves as the basis for Ouvertures. Louis Henderson, Olivier Marboeuf and the theatre group The Living and The Dead Ensemble film themselves rehearsing the play in Port-au-Prince. The result is an experiment in three parts: a study retracing Louverture’s steps, an analysis of shared authorship and collective filmmaking and finally the outburst of a magical reality in which the spirits of the dead are alive.

by The Living and the Dead Ensemble
with Jude Joseph, Jephté Carmil, James Fleurissaint, Rossi Jacques Casimir, Dieuvela Cherestal, Cynthia Maignan, James Desiris, Léonard Jean Baptiste, Mackenson Bijou, Mimétik Nèg

zu Gast // Louis Henderson

„I was born in the cinema but started making films through the library. Now I have learned to sculpt films from clay and water – I have not yet reached marble, as I prefer to dirty my hands in the mud.“

Louis Henderson is a filmmaker who is currently trying to find new ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racial capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. The working method is archaeological. Henderson has shown his work at places such as; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Doc Lisboa, CPH:DOX, New York Film Festival, The Contour Biennial, The Kiev Biennial, The Centre Pompidou, SAVVY Contemporary, The Gene Siskell Film Centre, Gasworks and Tate Britain. His work is in the public collection of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, France and is distributed by Lux (UK) and Video Data Bank (USA).


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