Produced by Michael Kronish & Robert Gervais: Rightime Productions, Recfilm, Figure IV: Sol Guy, Canadian Heritage/Patrimone Canada: Status of Women with the assistance of the NFB FAP program
Written by Peter Farbridge Directed by Michaél Jarvis Total Running time:23mins
Shot in November 1999, Nominated for Best Short Film, and Best Actress, the story is based upon the true story Marie Josephe Angelique, a South African Princess enslaved against her will and convicted of burning down 18th century Montreal.
The film faced scrutiny because it took the position that she did not set the fire. On April 11, 2006, 300 years to the day the city was engulfed in flames, her case was declared a "miscarriage of justice" and the Governor General of Canada, Hatienne-Born Michaëlle Jean, citing "sweet revenge", dedicated a plaque in her honour on Rue St. Paul in Old Montreal, the site of her alleged crime.
Currently, Darchién Pictures Inc. has developed her story into a full-length feature film script entitled "IVORY ASHES - CÉNDRES D'IVOIRE (VF)" written by Michael Jarvis and Jeremy Hood.
GG honours Montreal slave girl who was executed in error Last Updated: Saturday, April 8, 2006 | 11:27 PM ET CBC News
Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean has honoured a young black slave from Portugal who was tortured, hanged and burned in 1734 after she was wrongly blamed for a fire that destroyed a hospital and 45 houses in the French colonial city of Montreal.
"I think today is sweet revenge," Canada's first black Governor General told the Montreal Gazette after laying a bouquet of Easter lilies beneath a plaque in Marie-Josephe Angelique's memory.
Angelique was executed 10 weeks after the fire broke out in April 1734.
Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean, a Montreal immigrant descended from slaves in Haiti, said Angelique was a proud black woman whose tragic story is a symbol of the Canadian dream of freedom and equality for all.
"Every time the story of Marie-Josephe Angelique is told to me, I'm filled with emotion, as we all are," Jean said, recalling how Angelique maintained her innocence until tortured into confessing.
"I can't help but think this woman, in the prime of her life, would have had a completely different fate if she had been of a different race or if she'd been free," Jean said. "She was treated that way because she was black.
"Racism has a history that we must never forget," Jean said. "The racism of today is an extension of the lingering racism of yesterday. If we forget this, then we risk perpetuating an unacceptable situation."
Special thanks/ Grands merci a Ma Mere et mes grandparents, Patriome Canada/Canadian Heritage merci pour laide sur le plateau thanks for help on set☺, Margaret Wong NFB/ONF, Dorothy Wills, Denise Beauregard-Champagne, Peter Farbridge, Marcel Trudel, Claude Cardinal, Robert Leblanc, Tara Ellis, Gail Picco, L'Equipe du Belmont, Reverend Gray, LHonorable Jacques Parizeau, Clarence Bayne, Herman Carter, La famille Vancol, Grizou, Table Ronde de Mois D'Histoire des Noire, Maison DHaiti, Louis Gossett Jr, Satie Gossett et family, Elizabeth Dembil, Yolene Jumelle, J.C, Marie Lou, et Eduard, Claude Thibault et son tea a menthe☺ merci grand.
Xtra Special thanks and merci to all the crew, cast, and people that made this happen against all odds. We were blessed one day when the water came into our set flooding all of our electric & sound cables - nothing happened, we were stunned and blessed - we were doing 18hr days with little next to nothing, everyone was beat but we still kept going and so will this story:) There was a happy ending.