Sapphire of St. Louis

Sapphire of St. Louis

A film by Jose Luis Guerin | 2015 | 35 minutes

In 1741, a ship called the Saphir sets sail from a port in La Rochelle, France on its way to the New World. On board are 30 crewmembers and 271 slaves. Somewhere off the coast of Santo Domingo, a slave revolt erupts.  This little-known moment in history was memorialized in an obscure 18th century painting that hangs in the Saint-Louis Cathedral in La Rochelle. Celebrated filmmaker Jose Luis Guerin (THE ACADEMY OF MUSES) peers into this painting to vividly re-tell the story.


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