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HCX Collaboration | Raoul Peck: Après the Earthquake


Join Haiti Cultural Exchange next week at the Maysles Cinema as we celebrate Haitian-Born Filmmaker Raoul Peck for this very special film series, Raoul Peck: Après the Earthquake from January 22nd to January 25th.  This event is co-sponsored by Creatively Speaking Film Series and the DDPA (Durban Declaration & Programme of Action) Watch Group.

Take a look at the calendar of events!

monarch film 1 Thursday, January 22nd: Moloch Tropical | 7:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Filmed in Haiti prior to the devastating earthquake, the film takes viewers behind the closed doors of a fortress perched on the top of a distant mountain.  A democratically elected President and his closest collaborators prepare for a state celebration of the 200th anniversary of the country’s independence to be attended by foreign dignitaries and heads of state.  But in the city, a popular uprising is spreading. [read more…]

This film will followed by a Q&A with Manbo Dòwòti Désir of the DDPA Watch Group and Michelle Materre.

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Friday, January 23rd: Assistance Mortelle | 7:30pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Raoul Peck takes us on a two year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative point of view, the film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing in the most disturbing way the extent of a general failure. [read more…]

This film is followed by a Q&A with diretor Raoul Peck and will be moderated by Michelle Materre, followed by a reception with food and live music.



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Saturday, January 24th: Après the Earthquake Haiti: 5 Years Later A Public Health Forum | 4pm
Location: Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church
15 Mt Morris Park West (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

This program will include a screening of Raoul Peck’s Fatal Assistance followed by a panel discussion/forum with Raoul Peck, Michelle Materre, and public health officials and experts on where we go from here.

This film is also followed by a special reception with food and live music at the Maysles Institute, 8pm.

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Sunday, January 25th: Profit and Nothing But! | 4pm
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Who said that the economy serves mankind? What is this world where the wealthiest two percent controls everything? A world where this law of the strongest and the richest is imposed on the rest of humanity? Raoul Peck confronts these questions in this well-researched documentary, and contrasts them against the devastating reality of his native land, Haiti. [read more…]

This film will be followed by a Q&A with Michelle Materre and author Darrick Hamilton.

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Sunday, January 25th: Lumumba: Death of a Prophet
Location: Maysles Institute | 342 Malcolm X Blvd (Map)
Suggested Donation: $10

Lumumba: The Death of a Prophet offers a unique opportunity to reconsider the life and legacy of one of the legendary figures of modern African history.  Like Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba is remembered less for his lasting achievements than as an enduring symbol of the struggle for self-determination. [read more…]

This film will be followed by a Q&A with Michelle Materre and others TBA.


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HCX announces Haiti Film Fest 2015! Submit your film today


hcx hff 2013 logo colorJoin HCX for our 3rd Haiti Film Festival, to be held May 8 – 15 , 2015.
Please submit any films by January 16th, 2015. Good Luck to those who apply!


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Archive : Selebrasyon! New York’s Celebration of Haitian Art & Culture


Selebrasyon program coverConsisting of forty days worth of Haitian arts & culture, this large-scale Haitian arts festival was the first of its kind in New York City. With 22 events presenting the works of artists residing in New York, Haiti, and other parts of the Diaspora Haiti Cultural Exchange brought together over 100 modern and traditional artists, a majority of whom were emerging or unknown and whose work represents their extreme talent and innovation.

Kicking off with Selebrasyon! Opening Night and the Haitian Flag Day Selebrasyon! all the way to the No Passport Party finale, the festival gave artists a platform to present what’s cutting edge in Haitian art and offered nearly 4,000 participants an opportunity to experience their craft and engage with our community. Selebrasyon! could not have been possible without YOU! HCX extends our thanks to all of the artists, attendees and institutions that helped create the memorable moments that made Selebrasyon! a dynamic showcase of Haitian heritage.

To view a full list of the Selebrasyon! Community & Media Partners, Sponsors, and to learn more about Selebrasyon! CLICK HERE!

See what Caribbean Life had to say about Selebrasyon!
To view the full Selebrasyon! program, CLICK HERE!
To see photos from Selebrasyon!, CLICK HERE!
For videos of the festival,CLICK HERE!


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Selebrasyon! :: Film


La Rèn Solèy | U.S. Film Premiere & Live Musical Tribute to Martha Jean-Claude, Toto Bissainthe and Lumane Casimir

ren soley womenThe premiere screening of La Rèn Solèy, a film by Frantz Voltaire & Nitze Mathelier will include a post-screening discussion and live tribute performance with special female guest vocalists Riva Nyri Precil and Melanie J-B Charles accompanied by Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band.

La Rèn Solèy follows the history of legendary Haitian female musicians such as Lina Mathon Blanchet, Lumane Casimir, Emerante de Pradines, Martha Jean-Claude, and Toto Bissainthe.

Frantz Voltaire is the director of CIDIHCA, and information and documentation center for the Haitian, Caribbean, and Afro-Caribbean communities. He is also a historian and political scientist. Voltaire has worked on the realization of many documentaries including Pòtoprens Se Pam (1999) on the bicentennial of Port-au-Prince.

Riva PrecilAbout Riva Nyri Precil
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Haiti, Riva was exposed to traditional Haitian music and culture, which greatly influenced her eclectic music and fashion palette. A singer, songwriter, dancer, jeweler, and artist, Riva has performed in various Haitian art and music events. She is currently working on her debut solo album which will be a fusion of traditional Haitian songs, soul, R&B and jazz elements.

Melanie Candid Live shotAbout Melanie J-B Charles
Melanie J-B Charles is one of the most dynamic young voices of our time. A Haitian-American, Brooklyn native, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger & producer. Melanie is known widely for her jazz skill; her take on Haitian Rasin (Roots) sound has made her a tour-de-force at performances all over the world.

Buyu AmbroiseAbout Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band
Jazz saxophonist Buyu Ambroise imports the infectious rhythms of konpa with the iconic American jazz of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. The band’s improvisational spin on traditional Haitian polyrhythms weaves an exhilarating blend of experimental jazz harmonies and earworm solos on the bass, keyboard and drums.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 31st, 2014 / 7 – 10pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
LOCATION: ShapeShifter Lab, 15 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Map
ADMISSION: Tickets are $15 in advance.


Vizaj Nou | U.S. Film Premiere

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Following the select screenings and discussion with filmmaker Gessica Généus, Sarah Dupuy will perform her take on folk, rock, and roots accompanied by her eclectic band which features the kora, Haitian percussion, and bass.

Vizaj Nou is a documentary series created by actor & producer Gessica Généus featuring Anthony Pascal (Konpè Filo), Viviane Gauthier, Odette Roy Fombrun and Frankétienne. Watch the trailer here and check out the archive of our past An n’ Pale with Gessica about her career and Vizaj Nou.

About Gessica Généus
Gessica Généus is best known for her on-screen performances in I Love You, Anne and Le Président a-t-il le SIDA? She also starred in Raoul Peck’s Moloch Tropical. Recently, she decided to get behind the camera. Vizaj Nou is one of her first directing and producing endeavors.

sarah dupuyAbout Sarah Dupuy
Sarah Dupuy is a first generation Haitian-American based in New York. Working with various traditional roots, rock and jazz bands, Sarah has gained a following on the Port-au-Prince music scene as well as in New York. Dupuy’s original compositions, written for voice and guitar, work to fuse the old with the new for a fresh take on Haitian troubadour.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 / 6 – 10pm
LOCATION: Kombit Bar & Restaurant, 279 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map

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