Le retour de Marius

Director : Brigitte Whaap


In 1931, the Colonial exposition took place in Paris to glorify the French Empire. A hundred or so Kanaks were recruited from New Caledonia. When they got to Paris, these men and women were stripped of their clothes and forced to act as ‘ferocious cannibals’ for visitors to the Paris Botanical Gardens. Some of them would be hired out to be exhibited in the major German cities…
One of these men would never come home to his island. His name was Marius Kaloï. Seventy years later, in a small graveyard in Aquitaine where Wazapa, his direct descendent, has gone for the first time in her life, she promises to repatriate her father’s body to his home island in New Caledonia.

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Production : Mémoires Vives Productions, Ânûû-rû âboro
  Country : Kanaky- Nouvelle-Calédonie
  Time : 52 minutes

  Year : 2011