To see, tonight, on Guadeloupe La 1ère, a documentary that lifts the veil

To see, tonight, on Guadeloupe La 1ère, a documentary that lifts the veil

The Blancs-Matignon, who are an integral part of Guadeloupean society, remain relatively unknown. What is their origin ? How have they evolved over time? Who are they today? In a documentary, Michel Reinette and Mariette Monpierre lift the veil on this community, to move from the myth, which singles them out and points the finger at them, to reality. A film to see tonight, at 8:05 p.m.



This is a new documentary that Guadeloupe La 1ère will offer viewers, in the magazine “Horizon”, at 8:05 p.m., this Monday, June 13, 2022.

In the movie ” The last “Blancs-Matignon” of Guadeloupe », the directors Michel Reinette and Mariette Monpierre take us to the heart of a community, present in the Guadeloupe archipelago since the 18th century and which, because it has not (or very little) mixed with the other components of the local society, has distinguished itself and still exists today.

Its members have a stronghold: it is located on the territory of the municipality of Le Moule, about forty kilometers from Pointe-à-Pitre, in the Grands Fonds region.

Fleeing the repression against the slave owners, after the first abolition of 1794, these former colonists of European origin withdrew into a steep and difficult to access region.

The first of them, Leonard Matignon says ” The Creuse », gave his name to all those who accompanied and followed him. They made roots and their descendants do not go unnoticed.

Today, apart from their origin and the color of their skin, these “Blancs-Matignon” do not have much in common with the Békés of Martinique or the Blancs pays de Guadeloupe, often of noble descent, large landowners landowners, who to this day have a central role in the economy of the West Indies.

Moreover, the “Blancs-Matignon” are designated as ” little whites “. For more than two centuries, they have lived isolated and poor, in complete discretion, which has encouraged fantasies about their identity.

They remain unknown and reputational secrets.


Image from the documentary “The last “Blancs-Matignon” of Guadeloupe”



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Michel Reinette and Mariette Monpierre have won their trust and lead us into their enclave. They show us how these Guadeloupeans live entirely apart. They give them the floor, on their endogamy and their supposed refusal of any interbreeding with the other components of the population, to preserve ” their race “.

Image from the documentary “The Last "Whites-Matignon" of Guadeloupe »

Image from the documentary “The last “Blancs-Matignon” of Guadeloupe”



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The directors rely on two smugglers linked to the “Blancs-Matignon”.
First, Jocelyn Akwaba Matignon, painter whose mother comes from the said community and whose father was a black man from Pointe-à-Pitre.
As well as Estelle-Sarah Bulle, the writer who, in her novel ” Where the dogs bark by the tail evokes the Grands Fonds and his grandmother Estelle-Eulalie, whose rhizomes are in the region.

Without sophistry and denying ever having been intrusive, Michel Reinette and Mariette Monpierre demonstrate that the jolts of history can become soluble, in the idea of ​​a common future.

The documentary : “ The last ”Blancs-Matignon” of Guadeloupe »
Duration : 52 mins
Achievement : Michel Reinette and Mariette Monpierre
Production : South axis
With the participation of France Télévisions
2022

Here is a preview of this film:

Trailer: “The last “Blancs-Matignon” of Guadeloupe” Broadcast Monday, June 13, 2022, at 8:05 p.m., on Guadeloupe La 1ère



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