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Guiana 1838 (2004)

 -  Drama  -  24 September 2004 (USA)
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The abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean in 1834 prompts Gillanders, Arbuthnot & Company in Calcutta, a part of the East India Company, to recruit Coolies from India to fill the ... See full summary »

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The abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean in 1834 prompts Gillanders, Arbuthnot & Company in Calcutta, a part of the East India Company, to recruit Coolies from India to fill the resulting labor void. The company hires Sinha, a fierce small-timer to sell dreams of El Dorado to the unsuspecting, impoverished Coolies who are signed to five-year contracts as indentured servants. Upon the Coolies' arrival in British Guiana in 1838, the British planters promptly enslave them to ensure that the growth of sugar in the British West Indies will continue uninterrupted. John Scoble of the British and Foreign Anti Slavery Society arrives on the colony a year later to discover a new form of slavery; this time on the backs of Indians. Written by Anonymous

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The film is about the abuse the Indian Indentured Laborers had to endure by the British during the colonial times. These laborers were granted a 5 year contract to come and work in British Guiana because a labor void had been created when slavery was abolished in the Caribbean. The acting was great and I especially enjoyed that the dialogue did not incorporate too much a heavy Caribbean accent so that everyone was able to understand and enjoy the movie.

The lighting for this movie I think could have been better but you have to take into consideration though that back in those days there was no electricity and so the nighttimes were mostly spent in darkness. The sounds was good, it accurately portrayed both the ethnicity of both the African and East Indian styles.


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