Kanaval: A People’s History of Haiti in Six Chapters

Kanaval: A People’s History of Haiti in Six Chapters will be showing from Saturday, November 12, via dochouse.org. Directed By Leah Gordon and Eddie Hutton-Mills, Kanaval: A People’s History of Haiti in Six Chapters presents Haitian history “through an explosion of colour, dance and music, as the country prepares for its legendary carnival. This film captures the spirit of the annual festival, while acknowledging Haiti’s tumultuous past and present, and honouring the country’s legacy of resistance to slavery and colonialism.”


Dir: Leah Gordon & Eddie Hutton Mills

Haiti / United Kingdom / 2022 / 78mins

Every facet of the annual carnival, from the extravagant masks to the dazzling costumes and magnificent street pantomimes, tells a story about the people of the southern Haitian port town of Jacmel.

In Leah Gordon and Eddie Hutton Mills’ gorgeously surreal portrait of preparations for the carnival, the history of both the event and Haiti unfurls with a seductive, lyrical charm. Every brushstroke of a painted mask and stitch of an elaborate costume informs a narrative that highlights the perseverance and joie de vivre of a people.

Employing a rich archive, Kanaval perfectly captures the spirit of a major cultural event that acknowledges the country’s tumultuous past and present, and that looks hopefully to its future. This celebratory spirit will remain with you long after the rhythms fade and the film’s credits have rolled.

Get tickets at Sat 12 Nov 18:30.

For more information, see https://dochouse.org/cinema/screenings/kanaval-peoples-history-haiti-six-chapters

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