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Lafayette: The Lost Hero

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Preview Watch Friday, July 4, 2014 at 7pm on WORLD

Lafayette: The Lost Hero tells the story of the life and legend of Marquis de Lafayette and his quest to bring democracy to America and France, through the eyes of Sabine Renault Sabloniere, a 21st century descendant. At the age of 19, Lafayette left France to fight for the independence of the United States. He returned to France to risk his own life to help start the French Revolution, struggling in vain to bring democracy to his country by peaceful means. Years later, after being imprisoned for bringing freedom movements to Europe, he returned, triumphantly, for the 50th anniversary of the American revolution. 

The documentary’s narrative is also driven by a present-day search by Sabine Renault-Sabloniere to find out more about her ancestor. Her research uncovers the largely untold story of Lafayette’s wife, Adrienne, and the arranged marriage that turned into a great romance and partnership in revolution. The result is a biographical film that is part adventure, part romance and part historical journey. The Lost Hero brings the audience closer to a sense of what might have happened in the past — and insight on its meaning present-day viewers.