The Payomet Performing Arts Center is hosting “a cultural extravaganza that celebrates the magic of Haiti” on Saturday, June 26, from 6:00 to 10:00pm. The Payomet Performing Arts Center is located at 20 Old Dewline Road, Payomet Tent at Highlands Center, North Truro, Massachusetts.
The “Haiti Rocks!” festival begins at 6:00pm with a screening of Bill Haney’s documentary film The Price of Sugar, which narrates the plight of Haitians who work in sugar plantations across the border (see film description below). At 7:45pm Ellen LeBow will deliver a presentation on the Haiti Project in Matènwa, Haiti [see previous post RaRa and the Women Artists of Matènwa, Haiti]. After the presentation, music and dancing begins with the amazing Tjovi Ginen—an 11-member band that brings a blend of African, Latin, and Haitian rhythms. Haitian and French cuisine will be available at the concession.
Description of The Price of Sugar: “In the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard on plantations harvesting sugarcane, much of which ends up in U.S. kitchens. They work grueling hours and frequently lack decent housing, clean water, electricity, education or healthcare. Narrated by Paul Newman, The Price of Sugar follows Father Christopher Hartley, a charismatic Spanish priest, as he organizes some of this hemisphere’s poorest people to fight for their basic human rights. This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate and at what human cost they are produced.”
For more information, see http://www.ppactruro.org/
For more on the Atis Fanm Matènwa Collective in Matènwa, see http://www.artmatenwa.org/
For more on The Price of Sugar, see http://www.thepriceofsugar.com/about.shtml