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Trailer For Philippe Niang's "Toussaint L'Ouverture" Film Is Here! Stars Jimmy Jean-Louis, Aïssa Maïga, Sonia Rolland

by Tambay A. Obenson
December 19, 2011 3:12 PM
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Well... it's not Danny Glover's long-in-gestation Toussaint L'Ouverture film, but I'll take it... 

Emmanuel profiled this French production a little bit ago, from French network France 2, and director Philippe Niang, titled Toussaint L'Ouverture.

Jimmy Jean-Louis stars as the title character in what will be a 2-part TV-movie, and he's joined by French actresses Aïssa Maïga (Paris, Je T'Aime, Bamako) as Toussaint's wife, Suzanne, and Sonia Rolland (Moloch Tropical, Midnight In Paris) as Marie-Eugénie Sonthonax, wife of abolitionist L.F. Sonthonax.

Expected to air on the French network sometime in 2012, no specific date has been given yet, nor whether we can expect the film to travel.

Till we know more, here's the film's first official trailer, which is in French, and not subtitled; but the images tell the tale, and I like these images (the aspect ratio is a little off):

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  • Sujewa | January 18, 2013 3:57 PMReply

    Trailer for the show is on youtube, iW's anti-spam filters won't let me post it here, but search youtube under name of director & TV show.

  • Bekha | April 18, 2012 10:21 PMReply

    I would love to see this movie in the is quite rich and interesting...Please can we see it in the US?

  • vladimir volma | March 18, 2012 3:18 PMReply

    I'd like to buy this movie, where can I find it?

  • Dyann Robinson | March 10, 2012 7:01 PMReply

    This looks like it is a beautiful movie. Long overdue. I just debuted my play called "TOUSSAINT"(The Story of Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Father of the Haitian Revolution) in February 2012, in Tuskegee, Alabama. My play has only 5 characters including Toussaint, and the story is told through the voice of Suzanne L'Ouverture (played by myself) as she remembers what led to she and Toussaint being arrested and taken to France. It is performed by my Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc. We have a scene synopsis on You Tube at:, in case you would like to see what we did onstage.
    I am proud of our play, but it is great that a movie has been made. I hope it comes to the US.
    Congratulations Jimmy Jean-Louis and Philippe Naing. I would be honored to meet two people who love the story of Toussaint L'Ouverture as much as I do.

  • derville | February 22, 2012 12:08 PMReply

    There is a controversy here in France because the filmmaker began to work with historians and then modified History by inventing facts to comply with his pro-Toussaint views... Altought the subject is great and the films is quite good, it does not describe what actually happened.

  • vaberella | February 14, 2012 6:16 AMReply

    Aside from this being a story of my historical background and my forefather, it has my two favorite French Black actors Aissa Maiga and Jimmy Jean-Louis. I will watch this although I will say that I don't find the story as gritty as I was expecting. The visual is too clean too prettied up, when it should be gritty and unfortunately very dark. The most capitvating scene was with the ships coming into Haiti and Toussaint says, "It's the entire French army descending on Haiti." Frightening really.

  • jean lindor | February 12, 2012 1:39 PMReply

    i can not wait to see that movie as well, but i which you guys repect all part of history. however i don't know why they choose to shoot the movie in france besid in haiti. that is not only on side story but haitient and french. okay

  • vaberella | February 14, 2012 6:19 AM

    Actually it makes perfect sense. Haiti is a mess right now. It is still under civil unrest, there are no 'real' places to film or even film safely and most of our greatest monuments have been turned to rubble and not because of the earthquake alone but because of the people and years of neglect. Although I agree that I wish it could have been done in Haiti to give it a bit more authentification; in reality it is not a good idea.

  • Delphine | February 5, 2012 6:33 PMReply

    A must see indeed... This film should make a debut world wide, to make aware of Haiti's contribution to humanity

  • Jerry | February 25, 2012 1:56 PM

    @Vaberella, not sure what you are talking about with this civil unrest, but i travel to haiti many times and lived there for half my life now, the only place that is in rubbles is a few places in Port-au-Prince... I actually took a group of doctors 3 days after first earthquake... Check facebook for some carnival pics, outside of Port-au-Prince is like nothing ever happened. You should really do some research before you say crazy things like that.

  • Marguerite | February 5, 2012 2:13 PMReply

    This is a must see...

  • richard | February 3, 2012 6:50 AMReply

    can't wait........what a treat to go back in history regarding such character that was Toussaint,

  • Vaberella | February 14, 2012 6:12 AM

    He's not a character. He was a man and one of the most influential Black men in history besides being THE influence of the Haitian Revolution until it's successful end in 1803.

  • NewArts Entertainment | February 1, 2012 4:54 AMReply

    Toussaint Louverture will be screened at the Pan African Film Festival 2012
    Sun, Feb 12, Pt .1@6:00pm/Pt.2@7:45pm
    Wed, Feb 15, Pt.1@8:15pm/Pt.2@10:00pm
    Mon, Feb 20, Pt.1@3:30pm/Pt.2@5:15pm
    The long-awaited two-part action epic film of the life of Haitian revolutionary, Toussaint Louverture who led the first successful slave revolt in world history by giving the imperialist armies led by Napoleon Bonaparte their first defeat and winning independence from France. Known for his military genius and political acumen, Louverture established Haiti as the first black nation in the western hemisphere and the first Black free nation in it as well. The success of Louverture and the Haitian Revolution shook the institution of slavery throughout the "New World" of the Americas . Stars Jimmy Jean-Louis (Heroes, Phat Girlz) Aïssa Maïga ( Bamako ), Sonia Rolland (Midnight In Paris ), Stany Coppet (Death in Paradise ) and Hubert Koundé (The Constant Gardener).
    Narrative Feature
    Director: Philippe Niang
    Writer: Sandro Agenor & Philippe Niang

  • junior brice vincent | January 17, 2012 6:21 PMReply

    I want to know if that movie will be shown in U.S.A theaters please?

  • Aisha | February 22, 2012 2:15 PM

    It was show in the Pan African Film Festival here in Los Angeles just the other day

  • vaberella | February 14, 2012 6:13 AM

    No and most unlikely. This is a made for TV film. Not a movie theatre film.

  • choc au lait | January 7, 2012 6:00 PMReply

    it was my understanding that references for accuracy of this project were based on Dr. Yves Jerome's book on Toussaint......i'm glad to see that both of these Haitian icons of past and present are finally in an open forum.

  • Mwalimu | January 5, 2012 8:52 PMReply

    can't wait.

  • Abner | January 3, 2012 5:52 PMReply

    It's been a long time comin'. Hopefully it'll help get Danny's film finally, finally greenlit.

  • Neg Mawon | December 31, 2011 2:35 PMReply was about time!

  • ruqayyah | December 26, 2011 2:40 PMReply

    love it. can't wait to see it.

  • Huewilly | December 26, 2011 11:19 AMReply

    Looks great! Would love to see it at the theaters or at least on netflix!

  • ShebaBaby | December 24, 2011 1:55 PMReply

    This shit looks hawt! As a filmmaker, this is inspiration.

  • eshowoman | December 23, 2011 12:54 PMReply

    My high school French will got me through this clip. I can't wait. I hope it gets an American distributor. It will be a fight, white America has no desire to see any narrative where whites get their asses kicked.

  • urbanauteur | December 22, 2011 6:07 PMReply

    MARGUS GARVEY here we come...!

  • Neziah | December 21, 2011 8:59 PMReply

    Wow, looks really good.

  • kathryn | December 21, 2011 7:25 PMReply

    absolutely cannot wait!!!

  • Jean luc | December 21, 2011 7:48 AMReply

    Please let me know where I can watch this in the States.

    PS: All I want for Christmas is Aïssa Maïga :p

  • Jug | December 20, 2011 5:50 PMReply

    I didn't understand a word except for "TOUSSAINT!!" and was still like HOT DAMN! LOL How ironic that the French can make a movie about not only an ugly part of their history, but how they got their ass handed to them to boot. Wouldn't see a Nat Turner counterpart here.

  • vagabond | December 21, 2011 6:19 PM

    i'm working on a short film about Nat Turner does that count? Hope to shoot it next summer...

  • Jug | December 20, 2011 6:48 PM

    Ahhh, the miracle of modern Google. And Merry Christmas to you Sir!

  • Jug | December 20, 2011 6:47 PM

    Damnit Carey, what I just say about not understanding?! LMAO You know I cut & pasted that! Now I have to put what you wrote through a translator :-D

  • CareyCarey | December 20, 2011 6:40 PM

    Merde Jug Monsieur, pourquoi vous avez obtenu de parler si méchants? * sourire * Vous n'avez pas à répondre, mais un Joyeux Noël, si on ne parle pas encore

  • Jug | December 20, 2011 5:54 PM

    "I love the French language. Especially to curse with. Nom de dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperie de connard d'enculer ta mère. It's like wiping your arse with silk."-The Merovingian

  • Donella | December 20, 2011 3:28 PMReply

    It's been a long time coming and I'm very glad to see an actual Haitian in the lead role, but PLEASE let this be subtitled when it arrives to the States. I'm begging. I don't want to miss a single word.

  • kunoichivava | December 20, 2011 2:51 PMReply

    what a great looking movie cant wait to see it

  • BluTopaz | December 20, 2011 12:22 PMReply

    Talented Black actors, actual history AND beautiful period costumes?! Plus that Haitian dude with the cheekbones being all haughty. I wish i could see this here in the States. Don't even care that it's in French, ass kicking language is universal.

  • Hans | December 20, 2011 6:49 AMReply

    Long long long overdue!!!!

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  • James Madison | December 19, 2011 10:15 PMReply

    First saw the photo and instantly thought "Oh, wow! A film about Miles Davis!"

    Hopefully "Toussaint L'Ouverture" is revolutionary.

  • Sergio | December 19, 2011 7:18 PMReply

    On second thought, this is the film I most want to see in 2012

  • Laura | December 19, 2011 4:49 PMReply

    Why can't they have subtitles. The first historical EPIC film I saw in which Blacks are being heroic (rather than Whites being heroic for Blacks). And I don't understand French nor Kreyol. Bummer.

  • Blown | December 20, 2011 9:15 AM

    Education, people . . . READ! It's on French TV. Why would there be English subtitles on French TV?!!

  • Nadine | December 19, 2011 3:43 PMReply

    ...oh snap. NICE!

  • Gerry Paul | December 27, 2011 10:45 PM

    10 million + haitians cannot wait until this movie is out. As for myself I will want to watch it over and over. Love the trailer!

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