The Middle Passage

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  • Genre(s): Drama History
  • Release year: 2000
  • Running time: 78 min
Passage du milieu (Middle Passage) is a 1999 docudrama directed by Guy Deslauriers about the trans-Atlantic voyage of black slaves from the West Coast of Africa to the Caribbean, a part of the triangular slave trade route called the Middle Passage. read more

Passage du milieu (Middle Passage) is a 1999 docudrama directed by Guy Deslauriers about the trans-Atlantic voyage of black slaves from the West Coast of Africa to the Caribbean, a part of the triangular slave trade route called the Middle Passage. It portrays the transportation of slaves from Senegal to the sugar plantations of Martinique and the miserable and often fatal conditions on board the slave ship. The script is by Patrick Chamoiseau based on a scenario by Claude Chonville. It was a Martinique-Senegal-France co-production and was screened at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival.The film has no dialogue, only a voice-over, spoken by Maka Kotto. Visually, it presents disconnected, slow-motion views of the slaves to evoke both their suffering and the resistance it produced, the source of the blues and of West Indian identity. When it was generally released in February 2001, the reviewer for La Libération said that it successfully occupied a territory "somewhere between the fiction of phantoms and the documentary of fantasies". The reviewer for Le Monde judged it "a brave but ultimately unsuccessful attempt" to fill the "[cinematic] void" on this subject.

Original Release

09/09/2000

Cast

Djimon Hounsou Narrator (US Version) / Narrator (U.S. Version)
Maka Kotto Narrator
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Guy Deslauriers

Writers

Claude Chonville, Patrick Chamoiseau, Walter Mosley

Cast

Djimon Hounsou Narrator (US Version) / Narrator (U.S. Version)
Maka Kotto Narrator

Producers

Editors

Aïlo Auguste-Judith

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