Program Formula: Docudrama
The horrors of the longest lasting human holocaust, better known as the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, endured for over 400 years. Prevailing images of Africans subjected to unimaginable cruelties in the West, aside from small pockets of resistance, depict them as helpless sheep lured into that dark abyss known as “slavery.”
Spirit is a stirring account about the uncompromising will of 500,000 African slaves who rose from their knees, stood erect, looked their “masters” in their eyes, and took back their freedom. This is an epic tale of an “underdog” people, facing insurmountable odds, who mobilized themselves during the last decade of the 18th Century to become the world’s most disciplined and dominant military fighting force at the turn of the 1800s.
Set on the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, this tumultuous multinational conflict involving Holland, France, Poland, Spain, Great Britain, and the United States, ranks as the very First World War. At its center isa rag-tag army of Africans who challenged the power of Spain, the might of Her Majesty’s Britannic Empire, Napoleon Bonaparte’s invincible army, and defeated them all.
Spirit is the story about the awe-inspiring power of a people’s will to be free.