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Preview "Black Hands - Trial of the Arsonist Slave" - Premiering In Chicago This Weekend!

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 16, 2011 11:44 AM
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Intriguing docu-drama here, with an unfamiliar story, and one I'd very much like to see. Here's the story:

Black Hands - Trial of the Arsonist Slave investigates... the story of Marie-Josèphe Angélique, a Black slave accused of burning Montreal in 1734. After an epic trial, this untameable slave is tortured and sentenced to death. But was she really guilty of this crime or was she the victim of a bigger conspiracy? Why this voluntary amnesia about this unknown page of Canadian history? A fascinating documentary that powerfully mixes interviews with historians and theatre re-enactments, filmed in the same style as Dogville by Lars Von Trier.

There's a feature-length narrative film in this particular story. Don't hold your breath though.

Produced by Bel Ange Moon Productions which was founded by sisters (and black Canadians) Tetchena Bellange and Bianca Bellange, the docudrama has played at several international film festivals since last summer, and continues to travel the festival circuit, screening next, as the opening night film, at the 9th Annual Chicago African Diaspora International Film Festival, which will be held at Facets from tomorrow, June 17 through the 23.

This will be its Chicago premiere, and both sisters will be there for a Q&A by the way.

Follow the film via its Facebook page, or on Twitter.

Watch the trailer below:

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  • Floyd Webb | June 18, 2011 12:42 PMReply

    I saw it for the second time last night. It was great the filmmaker and producer were there. Very compelling, nicely crafted. We really need to push this film. And not because of CAnada's amnesia, rather because it tells us stories we need to hear regarding our personal histories. The hangman who must kill a woman he has fallen in love with, for me, was the center of the film. Heartrending stuff.

  • eshowoman | June 17, 2011 6:05 AMReply

    Canada has massive amnesia over ever being a
    a slave holding country.

  • JMac | June 17, 2011 4:47 AMReply

    Now this is the type of story which should be pushed and promoted. Hope it makes it to PBS, OWN, or TVOne.

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