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L'Exil du roi Behanzin

L'Exil du roi Behanzin

A Feature film by Guy Deslauriers

Produced by Série Limitée

Release in France : 20/03/1996


    After fighting a four-year war against colonial France, Ahidjéré Béhanzin, King of Dahomey, is exiled to Martinique in 1894. Along with his "minder" and a Creole woman with whom he falls in love, the king, who was worshipped as a god in his homeland, discovers Blacks who are no longer African. Defeated, exiled, faced with an "anthropological oddity" and with love, Behanzin has a hunch that what he sees here in the Americas is a foreshadowing of the amazing yet inevitable melding of the diversity of mankind, on an Earth which will one day be restored to oneness by discoveries, worldwide communications, travel and immigration.

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (3)

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    Série Limitée

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    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

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    "The exile of King Behanzin : the caprices of the inhabitants of a French island. Go figure why this page of Carribean history has been forgotten, torn up, or will fully glossed over. The French decided to send King Behanzin from Dahomey, West Africa, to exile in Martinique, supposedly "to let him keep his roots". But picture his surprise when he arrives to find black people with "no identity of their own !" It's lucky we have Guy Deslauriers and Patrick Chamoiseau to repair the omission and reveal, through this film packed with emotions and questions, the complexity of the Carribbean world, the shock of its meeting with Africa and recognizing its own identity. This film is a hymn to opacity (accepting others with all their complexities and grey areas), difference and tolerance. Doesn't it remind you of the riverside "Caprices" of a certain French director ?

    (France Zobda - actress)

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producer :

    Jérôme Walrafen

    Line Producer :

    François Cohen Seat

    Directors of Photography :

    Jacques Boumendil, Henri Habans

    Camera Operator :

    Marc Tévanian

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Sophie Rambal

    Sound Editor :

    Éric Legarçon

    Production Designer :

    Philippe Renucci

    Costume designer :

    Betty Spartacus

    Location managers :

    Claude Azoulay, François Enginger

    Assistant directors :

    Roland Dhardivillé, Olivier Horlait, Bernard Pujolar

    Screenwriter :

    Patrick Chamoiseau

    Sound recordists :

    Michel Vionnet, Hervé Le Coz

    Production managers :

    Bernard Berge, Eric Dionysius

    Editors :

    Adeline Yoyotte, Maguelone Pouget

    Assistant editor :

    Kako Kelber

    Music Composer :

    Alice Willis

    Still Photographer :

    Monique Rubinel

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    Feature film

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 26 min

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