Décolonisations

Du sang et des larmes

Synopsis

Au lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, alors que la France étend sa domination sur plus de cent dix millions d’hommes et de femmes à travers les cinq continents, son empire colonial s’enfonce brusquement dans près d’un quart de siècle de sang et de larmes. Une déchirure indélébile qui va durablement éprouver les corps et les esprits de part et d’autre ; une rupture indépassable qui continue de nous façonner. De la diversité culturelle de la France à la ségrégation des banlieues, du principe d’intégration à la persistance du racisme et de la discrimination, du vivre ensemble à la peur de l’Autre, cette histoire est loin d’être soldée. Il s’agit désormais de la raconter dans toutes ses complexités et ses paradoxes pour enfin appréhender plus sereinement ce passé dont nous somme tous les héritiers.

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In the aftermath of World War II, as France extends its domination over more than 110 million men and women across all five continents, its colonial empire crumbles abruptly during almost a quarter of a century of blood and tears. An indelible breach that will permanently strain bodies and minds on both sides, leaving an insurmountable and little-known breach that one can now narrate, moving beyond things left unsaid, beyond the suffering and the bitterness.

With over 45 countries and territories involved across all five continents, three decades of claims, struggles, hopes and disillusions and over half a billion people still bearing this legacy today, French decolonization is one of the major shocks of the 20th century. However this key historical episode remains largely unknown and confrontational, burdened by the weight of prejudices, violence, crime, guilt and nostalgia. This project has the ambition of reconnecting the threads of this painful period while taking into consideration all its complexity and diversity. Its aim is to distinguish between truths and fabrications, lies and omissions, partisan posturing and historical realities. Through the voice of the last witnesses having experienced the events firsthand, but also through the testimony of their descendants who today are the bearers of this memory, our account will focus on the human dimension to offer for the first time a global synthesis of a shared heritage which still remains sensitive.

  • Langues

    Français
  • Auteur

    David Korn Brzoza et Pascal Blanchard