14th August 1791 The Haitian Revolution begins. Liberté, Eqalité, Fraternité; Liberty, Equality and Fraternity echoed from the streets of Paris. They echoed across the Atlantic to the African slaves in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (Haiti). Saint Domingue was the first Latin American country which in 1804 gained independence as a result of the only successful slave revolt in history. But the rebellion began with the legendary Vodou ceremony Bois Caïman in the northern part of Saint-Domingue. A black pig materialized and were sacrificed in a ritual in which hundreds of slaves drank the pig’s blood. The blood gave them power to fight for freedom. The result is the world’s first black republic: Haiti. The revolt was important locally for the region and for the future. This piece is a tribute to the act of revolt! The video is filmed in Haiti at La Citadelle.

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