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African Nova Scotian Affairs to Screen Film About Haiti History

Nova Scotians will have a rare opportunity to see an exclusive showing of a film about the history of the Haitian Revolution and the effects it had on people around the world.

African Nova Scotian Affairs, in partnership with the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, the Transition Year Program and the Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq Initiative, is showing Toussaint Louverture on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

“The film is an opportunity for Nova Scotians to learn about a pivotal moment in history that had lasting effects on the institution of slavery all across the continent.” said African Nova Scotian Affairs Minister Tony Ince. “I am looking forward to reflecting on how the extraordinary actions of one man at the end of the 18th century are still very important for people here in the province more than 200 years later.”

The 180 minute feature film, in French with English subtitles, tells the amazing story of Toussaint Louverture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution whose military and political genius transformed an entire society of slaves into the independent state of Haiti. The film was produced in France by ELOA PROD and La Petite Reine TV.

“The Haitian Revolution was pivotal in the struggle for freedom and human dignity,” said Isaac Saney, Professor in the Transition Year Program, Dalhousie University. “Toussaint Louverture, as the film demonstrates, was the central figure in this immense and seminal affirmation of Africans’ ability to seize and make their own history.”

The showing will be held from 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., at Dalhousie University, Weldon Law Building, 6061 University Ave, Room 105. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided and there will be an intermission after 90 minutes. The film’s classification is 14A for mature themes.

To view the poster for the film, go to http://ansa.novascotia.ca.

Source: Release

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