Directed by Steve James

Guadeloupe, 2008 , 52 min.

Saturday Documentary Matinees

Focus on the African Diaspora in the Caribbean

Born in Guadeloupe of a Senegalese slave and a French nobleman, Joseph Boulogne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799), became one of the most remarkable figures of the 18th century. He influenced the music and political life of his time. He was a genius composer and conductor, a virtuoso violinist, the best fencer in Europe, as well as the first black general in the French army. For 200 years after his death his music was rarely heard, due in part to Napoleon’s efforts to erase his existence from history. Today, his music is being rediscovered and played by orchestras and music groups around the world. In this documentary, Cuba dedicates a week of cultural activities to his memory and welcomes Saint Georges as “a great hero of the Caribbean.”

In French, English, and Spanish with English subtitles.

Sponsored by Portland State University Black Studies Department.