L'Exil du Roi Behanzin

TitleL'Exil du Roi Behanzin
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsDeslauriers, Guy
Running Time86 minutes
Date Released03/20/1996
DistributorSwift Distribution
CountryFrance; Martinique
Publication LanguageEnglish

After fighting a four-year war against colonial France, Ahidjéré Béhanzin, King of Dahomey (present-day Benin), is exiled to Martinique in 1894. Along with his "minder" and a Creole woman with whom he falls in love, the king, who was worshipped as a god in his homeland, discovers Blacks who are no longer African. Defeated, exiled, faced with an "anthropological oddity" and with love, Behanzin has a hunch that what he sees here in the Americas is a foreshadowing of the amazing yet inevitable melding of the diversity of mankind, on an Earth which will one day be restored to oneness by discoveries, worldwide communications, travel and immigration.

Translated TitleThe Exile of King Behanzin
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