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Black Dawn
A Film by Robin Lloyd & Doreen Kraft
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film stillBLACK DAWN recounts the founding of Haiti through the eyes of two captured African tribespeople, Sili and Simba.

Starting with their capture in Africa, the story follows their trans-Atlantic journey on a slave ship to Haiti. There they escape their slavery on a French plantation and join the fight for independence led by Toussaint L'Ouverture and Dessaline, ultimately joining in the celebration of the first raising of the Haitian flag.

Animated from paintings by thirteen of Haiti's foremost artists, including Rignaud Benoit, Philom Obin, and Philippe Auguste, BLACK DAWN celebrates the strength and artistry of the Haitian people.

"A colorful meld of visuals, music, and narration that sketches the noble origins of a people's nation, this folklore production will be an enlightening and entertaining addition to public library, community group, and elementary and junior high school programs."- Booklist

"Superbly animated... an authentic view of Haitian culture. Recommended for all ages!"- Film Library Quarterly

"Portrays the culture and history of a unique people in a sensitive, colorful, and artistically rich fashion." - Filmnews

"A wealth of... Haitian paintings help to bring this animated film to life." - Landers Film Reviews

2001 African Literature Association Film Festival
Honorable Mention, 1980 Lille Film Festival (France)
Certificate of Merit Winner, 1979 Annecy Animation Festival

20 minutes / Color
Release: 1979
Copyright: 1979

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Study guide available

Subject areas:
African-Americans, Animated Films, Art, French History, Haiti, Multi-Cultural Studies, The Caribbean

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