Here are some of the activities of the upcoming Haiti Film Festival, hosted by Haiti Cultural Exchange in New York City from May 9-12, 2013. We previously posted on the festival opening, the Emerging Filmmakers Networking Event, and the Screening of Select Short Films, held on May 9 and 10, 2013. Here are the film screenings for Sunday, May 12. Screening will take place at St. Francis College, located at 180 Remsen Street in Brooklyn, New York. [Some of these will be followed by Q&A sessions—see below.]
Noon – 1:00 pm
Suze-Anne (2012, 15 Minutes, Kreyòl with English Subtitles) by Amiral J. C. Gaspard, Ciné Institute: This short tells the story of a love triangle. Suze’s husband has left her for the young and vivacious Anne. Only Anne can help Suze get him back.
Silent Treatment (2012, 9 Minutes) by Martine Jean: In this 1920′s inspired “silent movie”, Loretta catches her husband cheating with another woman and decides to give him “the silent treatment.” Will their love survive his indiscretion?
The Things I See (2011, 10 Minutes, English) by Shirley Bruno: A coming of age drama about an eleven-year-old Matou who pretends to need glasses in order to be “seen.” The eyeglasses get her some attention but her focus begins to shift literally and figuratively. Through the distorted view of the glasses she begins to bear witness to the natural calamities of life. Followed by a Q & A with Shirley Bruno & Paula Hyppolite.
Créer Pour Se Recréer / Creating to Re-Create Yourself (2011, 14 Minutes, Kreyòl/French with English Voice Over) by Marie-Denise Douyon (Exclusive New York Premier): Upon returning to Haiti, internationally acclaimed artist Marie-Denise Douyon was unlawfully detained. This documentary reveals her story, transporting the viewer to a universe, alternately severe, bright, and resounding with emotion.
Wòch Nan Soley/Stones in the Sun (2012, 95 Minutes, Kreyòl, French & English with English Subtitles) by Patricia Benoit: In the midst of increasing political violence, a young couple, two sisters, and a father and son are driven from Haiti to New York, where they must confront the truths of their interlocked pasts. The film won Best Feature at the 2012 Pan African Film Festival. Followed by a Q & A with Patricia Benoit.
3:15 – 5:00 pm
Et Après (2010, 12 Minutes) by Maksaens Denis (Exclusive New York Premiere): In this experimental film, the strangeness of a half-standing city is captured through scenes of the seemingly endless destruction in Port-au-Prince following the 2010 earthquake.
Broken Stones (2012, 61 Minutes, Kreyòl, French & English with English Subtitles) by Guetty Felin: This documentary takes a look at the oldest neighborhood of Port-au-Prince and the most devastated by the earthquake of January 12, 2010. The film follows the lives of people moving through the maze of the vestige that was once the Notre Dame de l’Assumption which had become an amphitheater & surreal witness of the living conditions of Haitians in the area. Followed by a Q & A with Maksaens Denis & Guetty Felin.
5:00 – 6: 45 pm
Anita (2012, 15 Minutes, Kreyòl with English Subtitles) by Ricardo Tranquilin, Ciné Institute: Victor, a peasant, is jealous of the daughter of his brother Samson because she is going to become a doctor. As a result, he kills her with poison. Samson looks for justice, but not finding it among men, he calls on the Gods to speak the truth.
Plezi Gede Credit (2012, 6 Minutes) by Romel Jean-Pierre (Exclusive New York Premiere): This experimental piece set in Haiti, fuses performance art and vodou practice into a rhythmic and entrancing film.
Anita (1981, 45 Minutes, Kreyòl with English Subtitles) by Rassoul Labuchin: Young Anita’s life consists of working as a servant to a wealthy family, leaving her little time for anything else. Her servitude (which some would call slavery) provides an insight into a frighteningly common experience for children in Haiti. Followed by a Q & A with Romel Jean-Pierre & Rassoul Labuchin.
For more information, seehttp://haiticulturalx.org/hcx-haiti-film-fest-2013-schedule
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