is the TV movie with Bernard Le Coq and Terence Telle based on a true story?

No documentary or fiction had ever paid homage to him. Never. No precise historiography had even been devoted to him. Pomare IV, Queen of Tahiti, was however on the throne for fifty years (the longest reign in the history of the island) in the 19th century. France 2 decided, this Monday, November 21, to rectify the situation, to honor the history of Polynesia and this “queen of queens”, according to some. The opportunity for the channel to celebrate the overseas territories for an entire evening, screening the TV movie as a bonus The Last Queen of Tahiti (with notably Bernard LeCoq, Thierry Godard and Terence Telle) then the documentary on Pomare IV, Tahiti, a queen in heritage.

Who was Pomare IV, Queen of Tahiti?

Let’s say it straight away, The Last Queen of Tahiti, filmed in French Polynesia, is a fiction based on a true story. But “freely inspired by real facts”says the director Adeline Darraux, from the first images of his film. Aimata Pomare IV (played by Tuhei Adams) was the last queen of Tahiti, who died 145 years ago, in 1877. However, at that time, according to custom, only men reigned supreme on the island. Regardless, Aimata has carved out her own destiny, some would say unbelievable.

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A free and modern woman

At the age of 10, she is married. Four years later, in 1827, she ascended the throne, first under the influence of the British (and in particular the English Protestant Reverend Pritchard, unofficially in charge of the island), then under the French protectorate. She fights in vain against the French invader. Wants to save the freedom and traditions of his people against the great Western powers. Fight again. Emancipates. Make peace with France. A woman by turns free, pagan, loving, dancer. “What struck me most when discovering the life of Aimata Pomare IV was the modernity of the character, his independence, his strength of character and his humanity, assures director Adeline Darrraux. While nothing destined her to reign, she knew how to learn to impose herself in a middle of men and despite defeats and sacrifices, succeed in negotiating and preserving the interest of her people. And to conclude:Pomare IV is the symbol of an unfailing will”of a woman who always knew “impose its ideas such as the construction of a hospital and a school for girls, while it is under French protectorate, that is to say, without decision-making power.” An important destiny, yet often forgotten in mainland France. Which celebrates wrestling, Polynesia and women.

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