The Sea is History
United Kingdom – 2016
Video – duration 28 min
“Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs?” Already in the first line of The Sea is History, Saint Lucian poet and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott asks us questions about history and memory. Shot in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, this film is a free adaptation of the famous poem by Walcott. Like Walcott’s poem, this film focuses on the complexity and colonial history of the Caribbean. It makes us read the past as something entangled within the present: as an ever-changing ‘thing’ made up of the living as well as the dead. It is in this sense that the film suggests a possible future where we live in harmony with other species and ecosystems and where the relationship between life and death takes on new meaning.
Louis Henderson― Artist
Louis Henderson is a filmmaker and writer who experiments with different ways of working with people to address and question our current global condition defined by racial capitalism and ever-present histories of the European colonial project. Since 2017, Henderson has been working within the artist group The Living and the Dead Ensemble. Based between Haiti and France, they focus on theatre, song, slam, poetry and cinema, their first feature film Ouvertures was awarded a FIPRESCI special mention at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival 2020. His work has been shown in various international film festivals, art museums and biennials and is distributed by LUX, Video Data Bank and Phantom. He lives and works in Paris and Berlin.