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On Saturday April 6th, FiveMyles Gallery was buzzing with anticipation for the screening of Arnold Antonin’s Le President a-t-il le SIDA? which is the second free screening leading up to HCX | Haiti Film Fest 2013, May 9 – 12. Dao (played by Jimmy Jean-Louis) is a popular musician leading a life full of sex and drugs. His life changes when he meets 23 year old Nina (Jessica Généus) and falls in love. Everything changes when Dao learns he has contracted HIV.
After the film, HCX hosted a talkback with actor Jimmy Jean-Louis. He shared his experiences working in the film industry, particularly working on politically themed movies such as Toussaint L’Ouverture and Moloch Tropical and what that meant to him as a Haitian actor. Jean-Louis answered questions about issues inside of the Haitian film industry and cited the need for more cinemas in Haiti. He also stated that consumer awareness of the impact of piracy is key to helping the industry grow. Jean-Louis discussed his work founding and running Hollywood Unites for Haiti and the issues that face Haiti as the country receives aid from foreign NGOs. The audience was also treated to a sneak peek of his new project, Ogou, Le Revenant directed by Bruno Mourral!
Click here for an exclusive recap of the conversation with Jimmy Jean-Louis, written by Tequila Minsky for Caribbean Life.
Click here to watch clips of the evening’s conversation, special thanks to Vania Andre at Amour Creole.
Click here to view more pictures of the event!
Be sure to make it out to the last HCX | Haiti Film Fest Pre-season Screening of Kaleb coming up on April 21st in Queens.
On the chilly…ok, bitter cold Saturday afternoon of January 26th, 40 people trekked out to FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to watch Les Amours d’un Zombi, a film by well-known Haitian filmmaker Arnold Antonin that follows the story of a young taxi driver named Zéphyrin (Ricardo Lefèvre) who falls in love with the young bride Swamen (Caroline Pierre). Swamen, sadly, is married to an old farmer. Caught in the “act”, the naughty cabby flees leaving his woman behind. Three days later, Zéphyrin dies and is revived as a zombi for hire for the local ougan.
Unable to return to his love, Zéphyrin toils away. The love story goes on; the zombi, no longer able to keep his emotions hosts a press conference broadcasting his love for Swamen and asking her to return to him. Linking with a reporter (Gessica Geneus), Zéphyrin searches high and low for his love. His movements do not go unnoticed as politicians begin to exploit the zombi’s new media attention.
As this was my first time watching this film, I was struck by the use of theme and emotion in this tale of love and deception. Light-hearted and humorous, it looked like the mixed Haitian and non-Haitian audience enjoyed the film. Antonin straddled the line of political commentary and entertaining plot line in a way that didn’t make it all seem like long form propaganda. What really made Les Amours a strong film was the way it made plot twists seem so natural; the critiques made of the Haitian media and political machine worked well in accentuating the central story of love. These ideas worked together to emphasize the deep importance of agency.
All in all, it was a great matinee film that left us chatty but contemplative. The kettle corn and coffee was a big plus as well. Mmmm…
Definitely looking forward to the next HCX | Haiti Film Fest Pre-season Screening of Kaleb by young Haitian-American filmmaker Kervans Barthelemy in Queens!
For those of you who couldn’t make it out to see Les Amours d’un Zombi, this film and other films are available for purchase at HCX events or online at ArnoldAntoninFilms.com.
And remember to SAVE the DATE: 2013 HCX| Haiti Film Fest, May 10-12!