Born in 1928, Edouard Glissant is the author of numerous collections of poetry. In the tropical night, in his house in Le Diamant in the south of Martinique, he responds like the old Creole storytellers to the questions of his friend, the writer Patrick Chamoiseau.
"I write with words dug up at night," says Édouard Glissant. Jean-Noël Cristiani takes him at his word as he shoots his film at home, on the ocean's edge, in the darkness of the tropical night, full of sound and presence. The dialogue, interspersed with readings and powerful poetic images of Glissant (the hold, the deep blue of the sea, the night, the magician of the herds), deals with "the historical wound", "the experience of the abyss" which, since the slave trade and slavery, has marked the West Indian imagery. Glissant insists, it is impossible to know what happened before deportation, impossible to go back to the source of things. He sees in it a paradoxical, tragic and unlimited splendor. The impotence of historical knowledge and the immense task the poet takes on: to give an image to "the before".
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