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Redemption Song (7 Parts)

Synopsis
Jamaican-born Stuart Hall looks at the history of the Caribbean islands through interviews with modern inhabitants.
1: The diary of slaver Thomas Thistlewood provides a view of the British in the Caribbean 200 years ago, a history leaving an impression on cricketer Wes Hall.
2: The African heritage of Haiti, exemplified by Andre Pierre, an artist and voodoo priest. Looks at Haiti’s history to see why it was once the world’s only black republic. Haiti is compared with Jamaica, home of Bob Marley, reggae and Rastafarianism.
3: The Spanish legacy in today’s Caribbean, in particular Santo Domingo. Being the ruins of imperial Spain is a country in dire straits, where baseball and drugs are usually the only ways to escape poverty.
4: Martinique was obliterated by a volcanic explosion on 8 May 1902. Now rebuilt, the dilemma for its people and the people of Guadalupe is how to enjoy the benefits of being French without losing a sense of their own Caribbean identity.
5: Examines tensions between black and Asian populations in Trinidad and Guyana, which arose after slavery was abolished and Indians were brought in as indentured workers.
6: Looks at Cuba’s relationship with the rest of the Caribbean. Links with the USA continue although Fidel Castro has been in power for 30 years.
7: Looks to the future: drugs and corruption threaten the islands’ stability and tourism and television sap their identity.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 7 x 50 min.
Year of production
1991
Availability
Sale; 1996 sale: £99.00 (+VAT +p&p) each 1996 sale: £280.00 (+VAT +p&p) series
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 from 30 Jun 1991.
Subjects
History
Keywords
Caribbean; colonial history; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Guadalupe; Guyana; Haiti; immigration; Jamaica; Martinique; race relations; Trinidad

Credits

Producer
George Carey; Jenny Barraclough
Cast
Stuart Hall 

Sections

Title
Iron in the soul
Synopsis
1: The diary of slaver Thomas Thistlewood provides a view of the British in the Caribbean 200 years ago, a history leaving an impression on cricketer Wes Hall.

Title
Out of Africa
Synopsis
2: The African heritage of Haiti, exemplified by Andre Pierre, an artist and voodoo priest. Looks at Haiti's history to see why it was once the world's only black republic. Haiti is compared with Jamaica, home of Bob Marley, reggae and Rastafarianism.

Title
Paradise lost
Synopsis
3: The Spanish legacy in today's Caribbean, in particular Santo Domingo. Being the ruins of imperial Spain is a country in dire straits, where baseball and drugs are usually the only ways to escape poverty.

Title
Grande illusion, La
Synopsis
4: Martinique was obliterated by a volcanic explosion on 8 May 1902. Now rebuilt, the dilemma for its people and the people of Guadalupe is how to enjoy the benefits of being French without losing a sense of their own Caribbean identity.

Title
Worlds apart
Synopsis
5: Examines tensions between black and Asian populations in Trinidad and Guyana, which arose after slavery was abolished and Indians were brought in as indentured workers.

Title
Following Fidel
Synopsis
6: Looks at Cuba's relationship with the rest of the Caribbean. Links with the USA continue although Fidel Castro has been in power for 30 years.

Title
Shades of freedom
Synopsis
7: Looks to the future: drugs and corruption threaten the islands' stability and tourism and television sap their identity.

Production Company

Name

Barraclough Carey Productions Ltd

Sponsor

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
bbcactivevideoforlearning@pearson.com
Web
http://www.bbcactivevideoforlearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7010 2751 or 2760
Fax
020 7010 6965
Address
Mezzanine
80 Strand
London
WC2R 0RL
Notes
BBC Active is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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