Haitian machete fencing at Miami film festival


The Haitian art of machete fencing is being showcased at the Borscht Film Festival in Miami, the Associated Press reports.

Machete fencing is an obscure martial art with roots in the Caribbean country’s history of slavery and rebellion.

A short film by Jonathan David Kane, “Papa Machete,” is being screened during the festival Friday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Saturday at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

The film focuses on the late Alfred Avril, who taught the practical and spiritual aspects of the martial art. “Papa Machete” also has been accepted into the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

The festival opened Wednesday and continues through Sunday. Along with screenings throughout Miami, the festival includes filmmaking workshops and the premiere of “Scarface Redux,” a crowd-sourced remake of Brian dePalma’s iconic film.

For the original report go to http://www.ocala.com/article/20141219/WIRE/141219657

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