ToussaintLouverture

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So apparently Danny Glover (who is enjoying a post-Die Hard career as an international activist) was making a film on Toussaint Louverture, who was basically a liberator of Haiti and is viewed as one of the great black historical figures. However, the whole project was derailed after he was unable to secure financing from any Hollywood executives.

I'm pretty bummed about this, b/c I love his life story and think it would make an excellent biopic. Why is it hollywood can fund biopics about African American Gangasters, sports figures and musicians but not politicians, activists, leaders? I guess Malcolm X is as far as they went.

Given the success of films like The Pursuit of Happinyness which was a positive story of a black man *gasp* why not fund a film about someone who changed the course of history, i.e. the abolishment of slavery in the Americas?

from his wiki page:

"Toussaint Louverture played a key role in what was the first successful
attempt by a slave population in the Americas to throw off the yoke of
Western colonialism. He defeated armies of three imperial powers: Spain, France, and Great Britain. The success of the Haitian Revolution had enduring effects on shaking the institution of slavery throughout the New World. "

Go figure. If I was a millionaire Danny, I'd fund the film (the budget is $30 mil)

By the way, look at who was cast to play in the film! :

Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Roger Guenveur Smith, Mos Def, Isaach De Bankolé, and Richard Bohringer

For those of you who understand French, here's a mini doc on youtube on Louverture:

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  • Posted by B. Smith on February 02, 2009

    Do you know the name of the artist who made this sculpture? It’s beautiful!
    Just last week I watched a wonderful PBS series on the Haitian slave rebellion. On the program they mentioned that, unfortunately, there aren’t any likenesses of Toussaint Louverture; all of the known images of him are strictly pulled from the imagination.
    I suppose that’s why I was so delighted to see this statue. I love it whether or not it is a true likeness!

  • Posted by A. Bennett on April 14, 2009

    It is a shame that this movie has not been made. I’m currently reading Randall Robinson’s An Unbroken Agony, and in this work I am learning more about this hero, and this period of history than I ever learned from all the years I’ve spent on my education…up to two masters degrees, and years of teaching and traveling.
    No, Hollywood would rather create a film casting an over sized African stylized ape (King Kong) and a highly sexualized white woman. Not only once, but three times if you don’t count the Mighty Joe Young films. Hollywood has a hard time showing black men as real men and as warriors who possess a political astuteness that is sincere and just. Such representations would help to show the world that we (blacks, Africans) do know how to fight and govern with humanity.
    Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the films of Will Smith, Sydney Poitier, Denzel Washington and others, but I’m tired of looking at black me crying on the big screen. I want to see them contemplate, plan and defeat injustice when and wherever it exists.

  • Posted by BarbadosInFocus on September 28, 2008

    Unfortunately Hollywood does not care about telling stories of this kind, especially black stories. They are still at the belief that they cannot make money from epic black films, with the exception of Will Smith (all Si-Fi ).
    Spike Lee’s latest film ‘Miracle at St. Anna’ was more than 80% funded by independent European investors. It is all about money. If it is not some Si-Fi film, then it is hard to get funded; and even more so when you are telling an epic black story.

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