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by Sylvaine Dampierre


On Guadeloupe, an archipelago in the Caribbean, the past speaks up. Sylvaine Dampierre has the workers of an old sugar refinery read passages from the transcripts of an 1842 court case, while the machines roar and groan in the background. The testimonies of the slaves from back then in the rusty halls of today give rise to a polyphony both explosive and poetic in nature.

international title: Words of Negroes
original title: Paroles de nègres
country: France
year: 2021
genre: documentary
directed by: Sylvaine Dampierre
film run: 78'
screenplay: Sylvaine Dampierre, Gilda Gonfier
cinematography by: Renaud Personnaz
film editing: Sophie Reiter
producer: Sophie Salbot
production: Athénaïse
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