Part of The History of the Sea

The Sea is History

Louis Henderson

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.


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