No White Hero, No Movie (en français)

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African people in entertainment please take note. White actors/actresses do not just accept any role in our films. If it doesn’t portray them in a positive light, they refuse it. They do this because they understand that it is not just ‘art for art’s sake’. They realize that images convey very strong messages and therefore it is important that their people are portrayed in a positive manner, so shouldn’t you think twice about the kind of roles that you play ? I am glad that Wesley Snipes has been chosen for this movie because he has become  a target since he made the excellent documentary about Dr. John Henrik Clarke. The real problem is that the West do not want black people to know their true history (that is what both Dany Glover and Wesley Snipes are trying to do) because they have lied about it. Hort

http://news. s/afp/20080725/ en_afp/entertain mentfilmslaveryu sfrance

Danny Glover's slavery film lacked "white heroes", producers said

by Rebecca Frasquet
Fri Jul 25, 2008

PARIS (AFP) - US actor Danny Glover, who plans an epic next year on Haitian independence hero Toussaint-Louverture, said he slaved to raise funds for the movie because financiers complained there were no white heroes.

"Producers said 'It's a nice project, a great project... where are the white heroes?'" he told AFP during a stay in Paris this month for a seminar on film. "I couldn't get the money here, I couldn't get the money in Britain. I went to everybody. You wouldn't believe the number of producers based in Europe, and in the States, that I went to," he said. "The first question you get, is 'Is it a black film?' All of them agree, it's not going to do good in Europe, it's not going to do good in Japan. "Somebody has to prove that to be a lie!", he said. "Maybe I'll have the chance to prove it." "Toussaint," Glover's first project as film director, is about Francois Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), a former slave and one of the fathers of Haiti's independence from France in 1804, making it the first black nation to throw off imperial rule and become a republic.

The uprising he led was bloodily put down in 1802 by 20,000 soldiers dispatched to the Caribbean by Napoleon Bonaparte, who then re-established slavery after its ban by the leaders of the French Revolution. Due to be shot in Venezuela early next year, the film will star Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett. "I wasn't the first one who had this idea," he said. "Sergey Eisenstein had the same idea, Anthony Quinn had this idea, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, and this goes on." The "Lethal Weapon" co-star, just turned 62, finally raised 18 of the 30 million dollars needed from a Venezuelan cultural body set up in 2006 by his friend President Hugo Chavez to counter what he termed "the Hollywood film dictatorship" .

Venezuelan filmmakers last year slammed the investment. "It is Mr Glover who should be bringing dollars to Venezuela," the National Association of Film Makers and the Venezuelan Chamber of Film Producers said in an open letter. Glover, a longtime activist, has supported Chavez's political revolution since he was first elected in 1998. After making his debut with a bit role in 1979 movie starring Clint Eastwood, "Escape From Alcatraz", Glover played in films such as "Silverado" and "Witness" but grabbed wide attention after Steven Spielberg's 1985 movie "The Color Purple". He is probably most widely known as "Lethal Weapon" co-star with Mel Gibson.

Born in San Francisco, he enrolled at the Black Actors Workshop there and is known for his stand against discrimination as well as for his activism against the Iraqi war and anti-personnel mines. An admirer of the Senegalese writer-filmmaker known as the father of African cinema, Ousmane Sembene, Glover has helped produce African films, including the recently-acclaimed arthouse movie "Bamako" by Abderrahmane Sissako.

"The first African films that I saw were films that portrayed Africans as savages, ignorant and uncivilized, and I wanted to know something else," he said. "I was very fortunate, I had the chance to read writers like Mariama Ba, Aime Cesaire ... and Leopold Sedar Senghor. I read him when I was 20." "When I saw Sidney Poitier on screen, I was probably 10 or 11," he added. "That was a different image, an image I had never seen before, on screen.  "The African-Americans I saw, they danced, they were buffoons, that was the image. So Sidney brought another image." History, Glover said, had enabled him to play a wide range of roles because of the changes taking place in society. "I think cinema has played a great role in our re-imagining ourselves," he said.

What?  The Hero is Black?  The Hero is Haitian?

Look up in the sky!
It's a bird!
It's a plane!

Oh No! It's Toussaint! Toussaint Breda!

Some call him Toussaint L'Ouverture, others call him The Black Napoleon. Toussaint, the little self educated black Haitian slave with no military experience who beat the living crap out of the white Emperor of the French, the white King of Italy, the white mediator of the Swiss Confederation, The white protector of the Confederation of the Rhine, The great and white Napoleon Bonaparte!

What the hero is a Black man? Hell No!

"It's a nice project, a great project... but... where are the white heroes?" This is what the producers are asking American actor Danny Glover who is planning to shoot an epic black movie next year about the great Toussaint L'Ouverture. "Toussaint," scheduled  to be shot in Venezuela early next year, will star Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett. "The first question you get," Danny says to the press in Paris " is 'Is it a black film?' All of them agree, it's not going to do good in Europe, it's not going to do good in Japan... Somebody has to prove that to be a lie! Maybe I'll have the chance to prove it." Apparently, this time the hero is a black man, "Toussaint" is about Francois Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), the Haitian slave who defeated Napoleon Bonaparte. Toussaint Louverture, the first black leader in the western Hemisphere, is a former Haitian slave and one of the fathers of Haiti's independence from France in 1804, making it the first black nation to throw off imperial rule and become a republic. This is Danny Glover's first project as a movie director and it is not a tiny movie, it is an epic film.  An epic film is among the most expensive of films to produce.

When the hero is a White Man!

A good example of an epic war movie is Troy, an epic movie about the Trojan war. The only difference is the hero is Achilles, a white man, played by Brad Pitt. Troy was nominated for an Oscar, it won 3 awards including the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards,  and was nominated 17 more awards including the Awards of the Japanese Academy.

Now the hero is a Black man, Can they dig it!

Haiti has been, for a long time, paying the price for standing up for liberty. Haiti has been, for a long time, ignored and isolated for forcing the white man to lay down his whip and learn to respect the black man. Haiti has been, for a long time, a threat to the world order for allowing the black man to stare at the white man in the eye as his equal. Out of Haiti, the black Mecca, the single place on earth that every black man should visit at least once in their lifetime, which has for a long time been misrepresented and stereotyped as "The Poorest," a negative ad campaign set up to associate "BLACK" with "POOREST", was born a hero and the greatest black story ever told. Now the question is:  Can white movie goers sit in a movie theater and watch the black hero defeat the one of the greatest French generals who ever lived?

This is not science fiction, it is a true story.
The producers say "no way, not without a white hero!" This is the status quo, this is the world order, but NOT according to Haitian history books! What do you say? Mr. Danny Glover, go for it, do it, this great Haitian story has been buried for too long. I am Woodring Saint Preux and I said it.


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