Words of Negroes

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Words of Negroes

Paroles de nègres
Sylvaine Dampierre
International Competition
Documentary Film
France
2020
78 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English, German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing
World premiere

On Guadeloupe, an archipelago in the Caribbean, the past speaks up. Sylvaine Dampierre has the workers of an old sugar refinery read passages from the transcripts of an 1842 court case, while the machines roar and groan in the background. The testimonies of the slaves from back then in the rusty halls of today give rise to a polyphony both explosive and poetic in nature.

The “Grande Anse” sugar refinery is a monster from a distant past: Flames like long tongues spew from the furnaces, piles resembling bones everywhere. The workers cut them with machetes in the plantations of Marie-Galante, a tiny island that belongs to the archipelago of Guadeloupe. The long bones, the sugar cane, are the scaffold that keeps everything together here. Sylvaine Dampierre is in the thick of it, shows the pulsating factory and the hard labour that goes on inside. Seasonal workers come and go; the men organize themselves. They are free. There are occasional flashes of the peculiar bond with France, of which this overseas territory is an integral part, but Dampierre foregrounds the transcripts of a court case from almost two hundred years ago, in which slaves testified against their violent master. An act of self-empowerment, whose gestus the director brings into dialogue with the present.

Carolin Weidner

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26.10.
#224
CineStar 4
Words of Negroes
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26.10.2021
CineStar 4
#224
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28.10.
#4A1
Cinémathèque
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28.10.2021
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29.10.
#542
Passage Kinos Astoria
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29.10.2021
Passage Kinos Astoria
#542
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Sylvaine Dampierre
Sophie Salbot
Renaud Personnaz
Sophie Reiter

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Sylvaine Dampierre
sylvainedampierre@gmail.com

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Nominated for Leipziger Ring, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize