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There were no white heroes in Haiti’s revolution

Danny Glover discusses the problems in raising money for the forthcoming film on Haiti’s revolutionary hero, Toussaint-Louverture

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.”

Don Cheadle, Mos Def, Wesley Snipes and Angela Bassett are to star in the film which is being made in Venezuela – still would have been great to have some Haitians star in the film Danny? Maybe they are going to be flown over to Venezuela as extras?

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  1. “There were no white heroes in Haiti’s revolution” will not help this film that seemed dead before it is even shot. While the rest of the world is looking to mainstream, divisions helped that horrible little man, Napoleon Bonaparte become dictator of Europe. Danny Glover had better begin a crusade of partnerships for this to take off. Who is he going to help the box office?

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  2. Ah, if the people in the movie dont look like us then we don’t think it shall do well so we won’t fund it.
    Sad but that’s the subtle undertext.

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    Sokari

    Beauty @ the film is alive and will be made next year – not every film has to be a multimillion $ blockbuster made in and for holly masses to have an audience. The less hollywood about the film the better!

  4. So we are still in love. the film is alive and will be made next year – not every film has to be a multimillion $ blockbuster made in and for holly masses to have an audience. The less hollywood about the film the better! Daniel Pearl was was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi, Pakistan. A Mighty Heart was a detailed account of the search and the film was a financial failure, even though it was met with relatively positive reviews from both critics and viewers alike.

    Being able to tell those stories about real heroes matter and the biggest story tellers on the planet happens to be the talents of Hollywood. Imagine the Lovinsky story in mainstream, perhaps you forgot, people are like sheep and it is about informing and helping them make those choices that matter.

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  5. serious2020

    Beauty is unnecessarily pessimistic – and, IMO – overly in awe of the (white) power of Holly-weird – which is precisely why they have the death grip on cinematic communication that they do. They represent a (white) conservative status quo. What the (White) house says do, so shall they – even if they do it in black/brown/red/yellow/ face. They pimp, mine, and bastardize our (read: peoples of color) resources, telling our stories as they please. They would be out of business, if our truths garnered more $$$ than their lies. Thus, they promulgate the myth of their omnipotence, people like Beauty lap it up, believe in it, & peddle it…Shade of Willie Lynch. Thankfully, people like Melvin van Peebles [Sweet Sweet Back’s Baaadaaasss Song] don’t share Beauty’s fascination with – and surgically attached lips to – (white) ass.

  6. I’m really interesting in seeing how this film turns out.

    On another note, Spike Lee has a war movie coming out, that should be good.

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