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HAITI: THE SLEEPING GIANT

Synopsis

This documentary looks at the contribution of Haiti. On January 1st of 1804, Haiti became the second nation in the new world to establish an independent government. These achievements marked not only a burst of independence, but also emancipation from slavery. It started not as a result of a revolt, but out of the depths of human squalor. In 1787 the French revolution rocked France. The framers of the French constitution drafted the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen, and listed the inalienable rights of the individual. The right to liberty, property, security and resistance to oppression, as well as the rights to freedom of speech, were guaranteed. Unlike the US declaration of independence, the French revolution was intended to apply universally. It not only set fourth the fundamental rights of the French citizen, but also acknowledged these rights to all men, without exception. When the Haitian slaves started demanding their rights promised by the French revolution, the French colonizers quickly reminded them that the Declaration was intended for the Europeans only. This prompted the Africans to revolt, resulting in the first black republic.

Details

Year
2007
Type of film
Shorts
Running Time
60 mins
Format
Video
Director
Love Joel Aryeetey
Producer
Love Joel Aryeetey
Editor
Love Joel Aryeetey
Screenwriter
Love Joel Aryeetey
Director of Photography
Curtis Nichouls
Sound
Love Joel Aryeetey
Music
Gwyn Allen

Production Company

LA Pictures