On Memory or How Can I Doublethink?
The Sea is History
Director: Louis Henderson
France; 2016, 28’; color;English; Turkish subtitles
The Sea is History, made in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is a free adaptation of the poem by Derek Walcott. The film is a materialist and animist critique of the monumentalization of European colonial history, reading the past instead as something intimately entangled within the present — as a living and mutational thing made up of the living and the dead. It is in this sense that the film suggests a way beyond the boundary event that could be called the Plantationocene (brought on with the onset of modernity and the system of globalized capitalism that started with the colonization of the Americas in 1492, with Columbus arriving in Ayiti; latter day Dominican Republic) — and towards a possible "Chthulucenic" future of créolised assemblages as a politics of re-narrativising death within life. Made in Santo Domingo - the first capital of the New World, and on Lago Enriquillo - a hyper-salinated lake, once part of the Caribbean Sea, that is flooding the border with Haiti due to the drastic rise in sea temperatures that are currently deeply affecting the global ocean.