December 7: Spotlight on Haiti at the 21st African Diaspora International Film Festival

The 21ST AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL invites you to

Spotlight on Haiti

Saturday December 7, 2013
The Chapel, Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th St., NY 10027

Since 1804 Haiti is in the imagination of Americans. The 2010 Haiti earthquake increased the spotlight on the island. SPOTLIGHT ON HAITI is a reflection on the island today.

 

LOOKING FOR LIFE

Sat, Dec 7 @ 1PM – Chapel

Looking for Life 1

This film introduces the viewer to two women, Anne-Rose and Rosemene, who each one has their own particular way of battling through life. The former makes lunches in a factory yard in Port-au-Prince and sells her meals to the factory workers; the latter is employed in the same factory as a production worker making pullovers and T-shirts. Every day she buys her midday meal on credit from Anne-Rose.

Directed by Claudette Coulanges,  1999, 60 min.,  Haiti/Germany, Documentary, Creole/ French/ English subtitles.

 

FATAL ASSISTANCE/ASSISTANCE MORTELLE

Sat, Dec 7 @ 3PM – Chapel

Fatal Assistance 1

Raoul Peck takes us on a two-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory, and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing the disturbing extent of a general failure.

Directed by Raoul Peck, 2012, 99 min, France/Belgium/ USA/Haiti, Documentary, English/Creole/ French/ English subtitles.

 

AYITI TOMA, THE LAND OF THE LIVING/AU PAYS DES VIVANTS

US Premiere

Sat, Dec. 7 @ 5PM – Chapel

Ayiti Toma 2

Beyond Haiti, the country known for its natural disasters and humanitarian aid humanitarian aid debacle, lies Ayiti Toma, “the country that is ours”. The film is an encounter with the magical Haitian people that arose from the darkness of slavery to create the first Black Republic. It presents Ayiti Toma, through Haitians, including politicians, intellectuals, voodoo practitioners and youth from hard-hit neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince, and through anthropologists, historians and aid workers, including actor Sean Penn.

Directed by Joseph Hill, 2013, 82 min, Canada/Haiti, Documentary, Creole with English subtitles

      Q&A after screening and reception.         

 

Sponsored by:

Quebec – Delegation Generale New York

Artmattan Productions

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