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Young students from the ULIS program* of the Collège Henri Bergson, Paris, 19th arrondissement, with Samir Ramdani

*Localised Units for Inclusion


Travelling back in time, we decided to change the course of history and interfere in a decisive historical event to positively contribute to the anti-colonial struggles of the past.
We chose the pivotal event of the Haitian revolution in Santo Domingo as it was the first known successful slave revolution of the modern world, about which little is known to the general public. The revolution began in August 1791 during a voodoo ceremony at Bois-Caïman. In 1804, it established the world's first free black republic in Haiti, replacing the French colony of Saint-Domingue.
Once we had written micro-narratives, we completed them with images and texts, relying on press articles and iconographic documents collected on the internet. This process allowed us to desacralise historical narratives by taking them over and reappropriating them. It was also an opportunity to compare the chosen historical event with contemporary concerns.
Beyond the fantastical character of our project, we positioned ourselves as agents of our own history and future. Our exploration of images and historical narratives allowed us to consider them as living and dynamic subjects for reflection.


This publication was realised by young students from the ULIS program of the Collège Henri Bergson in the 19th arrondissement of Paris: Maxime BELKESSAM, Youssef MAHROUG, Catherine KAMENI, Solène BOUTIGNY, Emmanuel PROU, Lyroy MENDES, Yanis BEAUFILS, Rita TAVARES AIRES, Fares ALLAM, Mohamed DIALLO, Kerroum OUMAIMA, with artist and film director Samir Ramdani, artist Seumboy Vrainom, ULIS coordinator Jonathan Jacquet,  and AESH (learning disability support workers) Djitte Aïssatou, Clédomain Jean and Amroune Djamila. 


Graphic design: MaxiSouk - Maxime Bersweiler & Soukvilay Cordier.

A creation carried out as part of the "Mon Journal du Monde" program.  


Workshop led by Samir Ramdani and Seumboy Vrainom with young students from the ULIS program of the Collège Henri Bergson, Paris, 19th arrondissement © Matthieu Samadet

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