HCX|Haiti Film Fest, a 3-day weekend festival scheduled for November 18-20, 2011, in Brooklyn, New York, presents a unique opportunity to explore the complexities of Haitian culture and society through the universal language of film. This international festival will include films from contemporary Haitian filmmakers as well as films about Haiti’s Diaspora.
The festival begins at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday, November 18, with a screening of Whitney Dow’s film When the Drum is Beating and a special performance by the renowned Haitian group Orchestre Septentrional (featured in the film). This opening night reception is a fundraiser for Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) and will help to support the free cultural programs that the organization provides in the community. Therefore, the ticket for opening night events costs $75 (student discount tickets cost $20).
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be free screenings of films at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus and panel discussions with Haitian and non-Haitian filmmakers and scholars. Filmmakers Frantz Voltaire, Arnold Antonin, Alex Hammond, Kervans Barthelemy, and others, will be present for post screening discussions. The festival will also feature shorts, videos, and commercials by students of the Cine Institute, which provides Haitian youth with film education and technical training.
The free film screenings will take place on November 19 and 20 from 12 noon to 9:00pm in the Spike Lee Screening Room at Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus (entrance on Dekalb Avenue and Hudson Street), 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, New York.
[Many thanks to Régine M. Roumain, executive director of HCX, for bringing this item to our attention.]
Photo of Orquestre Septentrional from http://poetshouse.org/news.htm