Monique Clesca, a newly-retired Haitian woman, tries to retrace the path taken in the 19th century by her white French ancestor, the bearer of her family name, all the way to the island of Haiti where he settled and started a family.
Her research takes her to the city of Nantes in France, which provokes a multitude of emotions and reflections touching on the fundamental themes of identity, migration, colonization, slavery, and lineage.
The director questions her French identity, her African identity, and her mixed-blood identity, the result of the African diaspora.
She explores her origin through an initiation story.
This “cinematographic letter” which juxtaposes words, images and souvenirs is written to her French ancestor.
We follow her, as she guides us towards responses that are sometimes jarring, and to new questions on the past and on memory.
Directed by Monique Clesca (Haiti)