In 1948, there is a strike on a sugar plantation in Martinique, and a young manager, a white creole, is murdered, chopped 36 times with a cutlass. After a manhunt lasting several weeks, 16 black cane cutters are arrested and detained for three years. In 1951 their trial is held in Bordeaux, a former slave port, with the assurance that the verdict will be used as an example. This becomes the first trial in French colonial history that is held before their “pères” (fathers).
Feature (108mins) Historical | Martinique, France
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