Documentary on Dany Laferrière


A quarter of a century after the publication of Comment faire l’amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer (How to Make Love to a Black Man without Getting Tired), its author is the subject of a documentary to premier this coming fall. Titled La Dérive douce d’un enfant de Petit-Goâve (The sweet drifting of a child from Petit-Goâve), it is the work of director Pedro Ruiz, who followed the Haitian-born Québécois writer through a dozen cities, including his home town of Petit-Goâve. The documentary traces Laferrière from his arrival in Montréal in 1976 until the writing of his latest book, L’énigme du retour, which will be launched in September. Ruiz has also conducted numerous interviews for the film, among them that of Jacques Lanctôt, who published Laferrière’s first book, and Victor Lévy-Neaulieu, his favorite writer.

La Dérive douce d’un enfant de Petit-Goâve will be broadcast in Canada on TV5 in November. It will also be screened at the Rencontres internationales du documentaire in Montréal.

Ruiz, a Venezuelan photo-journalist, has also filmed a documentary on Cuban writer Pedro Juan Gutierrez, titled Un animal tropical à Montréal (A Tropical Animal in Montreal), which aired in ARTV last week.

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