January 1, 2014 marked the 210th anniversary of the Haitian independence and to honor this remarkable historical event, the 11th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival is proud to bring you the Seattle premier of the film Toussaint L’Ouverture.
Set in colonial Haiti, known then as Saint Domingue, Toussaint L’Ouverture tracks the intellectual and revolutionary development of the man who set Haiti, on a successful course towards independence. Haiti is the first free state and the first, and only, État Noir (Black State) in the western hemisphere. With this film we learn about a country which served as an example for future revolutions throughout the hemisphere, if not the world.
Toussaint L’Ouverture screens on Sunday May 4 at 1 pm. It is preceded at 12:15 pm by a public lecture delivered by LHPAI Artist-in-Residence, Negarra A. Kudumu, MA titled “Toussaint L’Ouverture, Self-Determined: Lessons of Liberation from the Haitian Revolution”. Immediately following the film there will be a panel discussion with special guests Saheed Adejumobi, PhD (Global African Studies Program, Seattle University), Dr. Angela Gilliam (Faculty Emerita, Evergreen State College) and Jacky Gotin (Instructor, French American School Puget Sound).
Check out the trailer below and get your tickets here.
Stay tuned to regular updates to the schedule and special events by visiting our web site and connecting with us through Twitter and Facebook. When you post to social media use our official hash tag which is #LHAAFF2014. Join us on Thursday April 24 at 5 pm for an opening celebration at LUCID Lounge with special guest Jeymes Samuels director of They Die By Dawn.
Film passes give you greater access to LHAAFF. We offer an All Access Pass ($150) and a Friends of LHPAI Pass ($50). Tickets for individual screenings can be purchased by visiting our dedicated 2014 LHAAFF Brown Paper Tickets page.
See you April 26!