For the anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Gens de la Caraïbe chose to remember it through the remarkable film Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissakosorti (born in Mauritius and raised in Mali), which retells the 2012 Islamic militant takeover of the fabled city of Timbuktu in Mali and was screened in European theaters in December 2014.
Gens de la Caraïbe writes: The film describes the fanaticism of people who are unemployed and lacking recognition in major European cities.
Among the characters portrayed by the director, one character resists the fanatical decrees displaying a deranged mind. This woman (played by Kettly Noël) comes from Haiti. A symbol. In this film, it is as if madness embodied the only form of resistance, which questions the jihadists of this story. It is a film to see, urgently. It is a tribute to the victims of Jihadism around the world and call for resistance without arms. We believe it will be programmed in the Caribbean film festival circuit, such as the Festival of Human Rights in Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Kettly Noël is a dancer and choreographer from Port-au-Prince in Haiti. As Deborah (Body Pixel) writes, the performer has decided to “primarily explore her African roots, therefore she oriented her professional career to work and develop African contemporary dance scene. At the age of 17 she joined the company led by dancer Patrick Lacroix, then at the beginning of 90’s she set up her first company. Kettly Noël is a respectable female artist dealing with women’s issues and trying to resolve their position on the African continent, not being afraid to dig deeply where some people are not willing or not capable to go.”
See full review of Kettly Noël at http://www.body-pixel.com/2008/08/20/dancer-kettly-noel-personal-demons-or-cruel-truth-cruel-truth/
Photo above from http://www.worldmag.com/2015/01/mundane_militants