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May 8-15, 2015: HCX Presents | Haiti Film Fest 2015

05.01.15

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HCX is proud to announce the Third Biennial Haiti Film Fest taking place in venues throughout the city and kicking things off with the Haiti Film Fest Opening Night on Thursday, May 7th at DROM NYC.  Hosted by Haitian radio personality, Carel Pedre of CHOKARELLA; featuring short films Freedom by Matthew Brown and La Veuve by Wood-Jerry Gabriel, with performances by Sanba Zao of Lakou Mizik and Ioan Delice, New York’s newest and hottest underground rap artist.

 

HCX|Haiti Film Fest 2015
Screening Schedule
May 8 – 15, 2015

CLICK HERE FOR THE PDF VERSION OF THE HAITI FILM FEST SCHEDULE.

All screenings will be followed by discussions with filmmakers, actors, and scholars.

**$10 suggested donation for film screenings.**
No tickets are required for screenings (unless otherwise specified)
Seating is limited. First come first serve.

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Friday, May 8th | The City College of New York
North Academic Center (NAC) Rm 0/201
138 Convent Ave | New York, NY | 6-9:30pm
Click here to RSVP |
Map

 

Ayiti Toma
by Joseph Hillel | 6:30pm

2013, 83 Minutes/ French with English subtitles/ Documentary

Beyond the country known for its misfortunes and surviving numerous natural disasters, lays “Ayiti Toma”, the “country that is ours.” It is this less well-known Ayiti that we discover through the testimony of Haitians, politicians, intellectuals, practitioners of vodou, young survivors from a hard-hit neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, and the enlightening input of anthropologists, historians and friends of Ayiti.

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Saturday, May 9th | Brooklyn Public Library
Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
10 Grand Army Plaza | Brooklyn, NY | 1-6pm
Click here to RSVP | Map

 

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Black Dawn
by Robin Lloyd and
Doreen Kraft |
1:30pm

1979, 20 Minutes/ English/ Animation

A captivating introduction to Haiti’s early history, culture, rich folklore, and religion. Using various animation techniques, the filmmakers transform paintings by prominent Haitian artists into a visually exquisite tribute to the first Black republic – and second independent country in the New World. Featuring hypnotic Afro-Caribbean rhythms, this award-winning film conveys a complex social movement through visual language.

 

PAP Mon Seul

Port-au-Prince Mon Seul
et Unique Amour
by Arnold Antonin | 2:00pm

2014, 52 Minutes/ French & Kreyòl with subtitles
Documentary
New York Premiere

Georges Corvington had one single passion in his life:Port-au-Prince; and patiently tried to decode its DNA. Buried under the rubble for hours during the 2010 earthquake, he came out alive, but never recovered from the loss of his library.

 

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In the Eye of the Spiral
by Eve Blouin and
Raynald Leconte | 4:00pm

2014, 72 Minutes/ English & French/ Documentary

Spiralism is a new artistic and philosophical movement born in Haiti. It spreads across all the arts and touches life, spirituality (including Vodou and African ancestry), even politics. Narrated by the poised and compelling voice of Annie Lenox, this documentary presents a new side of Haiti through the voices of some of its most successful native artists.

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Sunday, May 10th | St. Francis College | Founders Hall
180 Remsen Street | Brooklyn, NY | Noon-9pm
Click here to RSVP | Map

**Special Mother’s Day Reception | 6-7pm**

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Forever Yours
by Patrick Ulysse | 1:00pm

2015, 90 Minutes/ English/ Romantic Comedy
Special Preview Screening

A man thinks he’s found the woman of his dreams until he discovers someone else already had the same idea.

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Donoma
by Djinn Carrénard | 3:30pm

2012, 133 Minutes/ French with English subtitles/ Drama

This feature film, the Director’s first, follows the amorous entanglements of various young Parisians, as they cope with issues of class, religion and identity.

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La Belle Vie: The Good Life
by Rachelle Salnave | 7:30pm

2014, 62 Minutes/ English, Kreyòl, French with English subtitles
Documentary
New York Premiere

In this story of self-discovery, Haitian-American filmmaker Rachelle Salnave ventures to confront the grace, and the unseemliness of her native ideologies. This film documents her desire to find people who manage to share similar identity issues and turn love for their country into positive change.

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Monday, May 11th | Kraine’s Theater
An Evening of Shorts
85 E 4th Street | New York, NY | 6-8:30pm
Click here to RSVP | Map

 

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Freedom
by Matthew Brown

2013, 4 Minutes/ English/ Docu-Poem

Freedom is a docu-poem, which reminds us of the rich history and legacy of Haiti and the Haitian revolution. It is a visual and aural revolution that explores the idea of freedom. Using Ella Turenne’s poem “Freedom”, M. Brown has expanded on the idea of emancipation by creating a true conversation between the two artists as a bridge between reality and disbelief.

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Le Fléau / INVASION
by Gasner François

2014, 15 Minutes/ Kreyòl with English subtitles/ Documentary

All over Haiti, a silent affliction is attacking water sources, ditches, habitats, and nature itself. Plastic bottles and plastic waste in general are increasingly visible, everywhere. More and more, the population is becoming aware of this terrible trend and is taking action to stop the invasion.

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La Veuve

La Veuve
by Wood-Jerry Gabriel

2014, 11 Minutes/ Fiction

After the funeral of her husband, Martha was consumed with grief and gradually sinks into the abyss of his memories. This huge loss weakens and pushes her step by step away from reality, causing her to explore the limits of madness.

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Les Heritiers
by Marc Henry Valmond

2014, 9 Minutes/ Kreyòl with English subtitles/ Fiction

New York Premiere

Youyou and Mirando claim to be rightful successors of Simon Bolivar’s home. With the help of a young boy, the rightful heir will come to light.

   

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Papa Machete
by Jonathan David Kane

2014, 10 Minutes/ Kreyòl with English subtitles
Short Film/Action

This film introduces viewers to the esoteric martial art of machete fencing that evolved from the Haitian Revolution through the practice and life of ‘Professor’ Alfred Avril, a poor, aging farmer who is one of the art’s few remaining masters.

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Tuesday, May 12th | Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street | Brooklyn, NY | 6-9pm
*Admission: $5.00 | Click here to purchase tickets
Click here to RSVP | Map

 

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Haitian Corner
by Raoul Peck | 6:30pm

1988, 100 Minutes/ Kreyòl with English subtitles
Drama

Patrick Bossuet often visits the “Haitian Corner” bookstore in New York, frequented by many exiles who also fled President François Duvalier’s dictatorial regime in Haiti. One day he thinks he recognizes one of his torturers plunging him back into a past that he was trying to forget. Now his sole purpose is to find his torturer and have his revenge.

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Wednesday, May 13th | Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Blvd | New York, NY | 6-8:30pm
Click here to RSVP | Map

 

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Reembarque / Reshipment
by Gloria Rolando | 6:30pm

2014, 58 Minutes/ Spanish with English subtitles
Documentary

The voices of prominent historians join the memories of Haitians and their descendants in Cuba to understand a chapter of the complex economic and social history of the Caribbean: the presence in the Island of Cuba of thousands of West Indian laborers, especially from Haiti.

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Thursday, May 14th | Central Library: Queens Library

89-11 Merrick Boulevard | Jamaica, NY | 5:30-8:30pm
Click here to RSVP | Map

 

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Lakay by Tirf Alexius and
Remoh Romeo | 6:00pm

2014, 83 Minutes/ English, Kreyòl with English subtitles
Documentary

After the 2010 earthquake, Haiti is in ruins, towns are destroyed, and families have been displaced. Lakay tells the story of two brothers, Alexius & Romeo, who are on a mission to locate and find their loved ones. Drawn back to Haiti by the devastation, these filmmakers reveal the tragedy caused by this natural disaster from an intimate & personal perspective.

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Friday, May 15th | FiveMyles Gallery
Closing Night Reception
558 St. Johns Place | Brooklyn, NY | 5:30-10:00pm
Click here to RSVP | Map

 

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Storming Papa Doc 
by Mario Delatour | 6:30pm

2014, 90 Minutes/ English/ Documentary

New York Premiere

On July 28 1958, three ex-haitian army officers exiled in south Florida make a landing in Délugé a coastal area north of Haiti’s capital Port au Prince. The objective is the removal of newly elected Haitian president Dr. François Duvalier which changed the course of Haiti’s contemporary history.

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 HCX | Haiti Film Fest Advisory Committee

Arnold Antonin ·  Fritz Archer · Marc Baptiste · David Belle · Edwidge Danticat
Jonathan Demme · Guetty Felin · Henry Louis Gates Jr. · Curtis John · Jerry Lamothe
Anne Lescot · Michelle Materre · Michèle Stephenson  · Patrick Ulysse
Marc Henry Valmond · Frantz Voltaire

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The Haiti Film Fest is supported thanks to the generosity of:

HFF Sponsors (1)

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Haiti Film Fest | Media Partners

HFF Media Partners (1)

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Haiti Film Fest | Venue Parters

HFF Venue Partners

 

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Haiti Film Fest | Community Partners

Artists for Peace and Justice · Artists Institute · Black Documentary Film Collective
Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective · Center for Traditional Music and Dance/ Verite Sou Tanbou
Centre International De Documentation & D’Information Haitienne Caraïbéenne & Afrocanadienne (CIDIHCA)
Collectif 2004 Images · Cornbread & Cremasse · Creatively Speaking Film Series
Haitian Roundtable · Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation

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An n’ Pale | A talk with up and coming actress Natalie Paul by Jessica Tong, Programs & Outreach Coordinator

04.23.15

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Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised between NYC and Haiti, Natalie has always had an interest in acting.  With the support of her parents, she received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MFA from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.

The evening started off with a screening of Everything Absolutely, a short film written, directed, and staring Natalie.  Part of her final student project at NYU, the film tells the story of a day in the life of a young woman living in Brooklyn.  It depicts the silly, neurotic thoughts and tendencies of the mind and was Natalie’s first experience as both director and actor.  Speaking on the debut of her second short film Sweet Tea at Haiti Film Fest 2015, Natalie expressed how much she enjoyed being able to take a step back and explore a career in writing and directing:  “It’s very important not to edit yourself when it comes to new opportunities. Put out what you have!”

In 2014, Natalie was offered the opportunity to play the iconic role of Juliet in Romeo & Juliet at the Classical Theater of Harlem, receiving raving reviews on her performance. The actress then nabbed a role on the HBO hit series Boardwalk Empire as Beatrice Carson, a character based on the life of Eunice Carter, the first Black female District Attorney.  “Being on HBO is incredible!” said Natalie explaining the effect of the role on her acting career.  “As an actor, these things take time to build and HBO was a dream!  After all, I grew up in the HBO era where it was the network to watch.”  Continuing the momentum, Natalie will star in the upcoming HBO series Show Me A Hero, set to debut this fall.  Based on a true story, the mini-series takes place during the late 80’s and early 90’s in Yonkers, NY where she plays Doreen Henderson, a woman whose life is affected by the housing crisis.

The actress also volunteers her time at Hope on a String, a free school focused on teaching Performing Arts in Haiti, as her way of showing gratitude to her country and countrymen.

Closing the night off with some final words, Natalie shared some advice for those looking to break into the acting scene. “Being an actor is tough, but in that first breakthrough, you realize that someone else didn’t get that role. You have to come highly recommended.”

Beautiful and talented, Natalie Paul showed utter humility considering all she has accomplished and we in turn were pleased to have her participate in our An n’ Pale. No doubt you’ll be hearing much more about this gifted artist very soon!

This An n’ Pale | Café Conversation took place Thursday, April 23rd, 2015.

Click here to view photos from the event.

 

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February 7th & 8th: AfroCROWD – Intro to Wikimedia & How to Edit Wikipedia 101

01.28.15

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Against the backdrop of Black History Month, this workshop seeks to further the International Decade for People of African Descent’s development and education goals and Wikimedia’s goal of increasing its reach. Technology companies Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo and Twitter have recently reported that their workforce is 2% Black,  a figure non-proportionate to the 13% of Blacks living in the United States.  The Black Twitter phenomenon shows that Afrodescendants have successfully capitalized on social media as an organizing tool.  Exposing more Afrodescendants to Wikimedia has the potential to take this foray a step further and open up a gateway into actual careers in the technology field. Beyond it all workshop participants will find that editing Wikipedia alone or as a group is a constructive and rewarding way to build community, network and spend time online.

The workshops will be the first in a series of activities by Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD), a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively partake in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. The workshops are open to all Afrodescendants including but not limited to individuals who self-identify as African, African-American, Afro-Latino, Biracial, Black, Black-American, Caribbean,  Garifuna, Haitian or West Indian.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

 

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October 24th & 25th : Haitian Creole Symposium at Brooklyn College

10.08.14

Don’t miss the Haitian Creole Symposium at Brooklyn College on Friday, October 24th from 6-9pm & Saturday, October 25th from 10am-6pm.

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