A history of the slave trade from the 7th century to the present day

Delivery date: January 2018

Between the 7th and 20th centuries, some 25 to 40 million people were reduced to slavery. This persistant and widespread enslavement process is exceptional for the sheer geographic scale involved, for the permanence of the Asian, Atlantic and African trade systems which brought about a veritable industry in human commerce, and for the ideological, legal and religious practices which served to justify it.
How was it possible to enslave almost 40 million men over nearly 13 centuries? How was it possible to accept the fact that people were reduced to the state of simple merchandise, to be bought, sold, exchanged or bequeathed like common goods and chattels? It is time to present a transversal, global and inter-regional investigation into what remains the most comprehensive exercise in dehumanization ever orchestrated: the slave trade in black Africans from the 7th to the 20th century. 

Four episodes of 52' to explore over 15 centuries of slave trade systems:

Episode 1 | 641 - 1375: Beyond the desert
Episode 2 | 1375 - 1621: From "Black gold" to the brasilian cost
Episode 3 | 1621 - 1789: From caribbean plantations to revolt
Episode 4 | From 1789 to today: From abolition to the new slavery

Coproducers:
CPB Films (Cie des Phares & Balises), Arte France, Kwassa Films, LX Filmes.

Animations studios:
Autour de Minuit: Autour de Minuit is a film production company based in Paris created in 2001 by Nicolas Schmerkin. The company aims at supporting aesthetically innovative projects, and develops original graphic worlds with a solid content. Hybridization -at the heart of the artistic approach of most of the works born in the company- gives the opportunity to explore new ideas and sensations in plastic art and intent to provide with visuals never to be seen before. Since 2004, Autour de Minuit also deals with world distribution of animations and digital works, with a catalogue of nearly 300 films.
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Mikros Image is a post-production company. Its activities include digital postproduction and digital visual effects for feature films and commercials. The company operates in the fields of visual effects, CGI, animation and digital cinema. Its services include postproduction, movies/feature films, studio fx,... see more supervision, animation, online services, lab, and research and development. Founded in 1985, Mikros image is based in France, Belgium and Canada.
Mikros image is also acquired by lead industry innovator Technicolor, allowing for broader resources and superior cutting-edge technologies.
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