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Returning for its 4th biennial year, HCX’s Haiti Film Fest is a celebration of leaders and trailblazers in Haitian film. Taking place during Haitian Heritage Month in venues throughout Brooklyn, this festival will showcase the authentic soul of Haiti and its Diaspora through the lens of film. Featuring over 25 movies, along with panel discussions and networking receptions, the 2017 edition of Haiti Film Fest is one you won’t want to miss!  


HAITI FILM FEST | SCREENING SCHEDULE
May 11 – 14 | Brooklyn, NY

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All Screenings will be followed by discussions with filmmakers, industry professionals, and scholars. $10 suggested donation for film screenings. Seating is limited. First come, first served.


HAITI FILM FEST | OPENING NIGHT FUNDRAISER

Thursday, May 11 | Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn, NY 11220

7:00 to 10:00pm
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Join Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) at our Opening Night Fundraiser – the kick off event to Haiti Film Fest 2017. Taking place at the critically acclaimed #1 Theater in America, the Alamo Drafthouse will serve as the venue for this monumental occasion. Enjoy food and drinks as we celebrate  the following creative leaders in the world of Haitian cinema: 

Arnold Antonin: A prolific film director known for his social, political and cultural commitment to Haiti.


Jimmy Jean-Louis: A Haitian actor who is well-known for his portrayal of the charismatic Rene “the Haitian” in the hit TV show “Heroes.”


Rachelle Salnave: A Haitian-American filmmaker whose documentaries cover diverse topics relevant to her communities in the United States and Haiti.

The night will also include a discussion with the honorees about depictions of Haiti onscreen and the night will conclude with an after party that will take place at Alamo’s House of Wax.

Your ticket purchase for the Haiti Film Fest Opening Night Fundraiser will not only secure your seat at the festival’s launch, but also contribute to HCX’s ongoing mission to present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people.

YOU CAN PURCHASE YOUR TICKET(S) FOR OUR OPENING NIGHT FUNDRAISER HERE


 

HAITI FILM FEST | AN EVENING OF SHORTS

Friday, May 12 | Five Myles Gallery

558 St. John’s Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238 | 6:00 to 9:00pm

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Carpediem by Christie Karolane Augustin

André is 20 years old and in love with Sasha, the lovely librarian. Because of his timidity and her friend Steyci’s bad temperament, he never reveals his feelings to Sasha. With the help of his puppet friends, will he find the courage to reveal his true feelings?


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The Last Haiti: The Moving Portraits by Steven Baboun

An art film composed of moving portraits of people celebrating their Haitian existence through color, emotions, and audience connectivity. It’s a symphony of the Haitian emotions dwelling in the island aesthetic.


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Toussaint Louverture: Miroir d’une Societé by Pierre Lucson Bellegrade

Depictions of Toussaint Louverture, one of Haiti’s most prominent revolutionary heroes, vary wildly. Through interviews and imagery, this short film questions and explores the reasons for these various representations of this historic Haitian figure.


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Haiti Is A Nation of Artists by Jacquil Constant

This documentary film showcases Haitian artists creating transformational work after the devastating earthquake of 2010. The film aims to introduce positive images of Haiti and its people, while seeking to reframe the stereotypical narrative of a country largely seen as naïve and primitive.


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Elegy for Stivenson Magloire by Edouard Eloi & Shalom Gorewitz

This elegiac film evokes the spirit of the Haitian painter Stivenson Magloire (1963-1994). Stevenson, a beautiful and troubled young man, who was murdered under mysterious circumstances.


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Valiz La by Rosario Lacroix

An old man´s bag accidentally travels across the city of Jacmel in Haiti. In its path, the bag is a force which initiates clashes and conflict amongst the mysterious and colorful characters it comes into contact with. Is all this chaos a mere coincidence, or does this bag have a will of its own?


 

 

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Taking Chance by Jerry Lamothe

Chance, a young aspiring artist from Brooklyn, wants nothing more but to achieve his dreams of making it big. He looks forward to creating music that speaks to a loving and peaceful world. However, in today’s’ society, such ambitions can prove difficult especially in a community where the mantra ‘do or die’ still has a strong hold on those around him. With the state of social media and a culture that follows your every move, Chance faces overwhelming pressure from his alpha brother and peers alike, to face a bully he would rather reason with or ignore. If only someone else was on his side.


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Haitian Son by Marc-Eddy Loriston

16-year-old Pierre finds himself questioning his role in Brooklyn’s drug game, and seeking more and more solitude. Pierre’s strong moral compass and inability to sit on the sidelines and ignore humiliations leads to intense tension within his most important relationships.


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Baldwin’s Prophecy by Richard Louissaint

Part narrative and part conceptual dance film influenced by James Baldwin. On the way to a date, a young black woman seemingly gets stopped by police. And for that moment we get to see her thoughts and feelings via choreographed dance and projections.


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Les Pleureurs by Michelle Marrion

Nakiya, a former domestic servant kicked out by her host family is taken in by a compassionate woman with a soft spot for street children. Nakiya tries to become a paid crier, her new foster mom’s secret family business, but is unable to emote due to her traumatic, abusive past.


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Minutes to Say Hi by Easmanie Michel

A Haitian girl, Maggie, finds herself transitioning to womanhood shortly after she and her father attempt to establish themselves in Brooklyn, NY while her mother is left behind in Haiti. In a nonlinear, recollective narrative, the story moves fluidly through time revisiting significant moments in Maggie and her Papa’s early experience of adjusting to their new life, as well as to the glaring absence of Maggie’s mother.


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See(ah) by André M. Zachary

Using the backdrop of the Crown Heights community, currently at a crossroads, this film intends to create and capture the speculative visions of the neighborhood through the lens of a “seer woman”. Conflicted with the changes in the neighborhood, she is torn about what the so-called progress means to her personally and to the people she considers her community.


HAITI FILM FEST

DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING IN HAITI: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

Saturday, May 13 | St. Francis College Maroney Theater 

180 Remsen Street | Brooklyn, NY 11201

Doors Open at Noon
Join us for a special tribute to award-winning filmmaker 
Arnold Antonin

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La DECHIRURE by Feguenson Hermongene | 12:30pm

In December 2011, the students from the University of Haiti – Law and Economic Sciences Department in the city of Gonaïves chose to honor former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, who was overthrown in part thanks to the efforts of the people of Gonaïves after the assassination of three young students by the Tonton Macoutes (military junta). Former executioner turned honorary chair; this is the paradox at the heart of this film.


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El Violinista by Richard Sénéchal | 1:00pm

After the earthquake of 2010, Stravensky Débrosse leaves Haiti to go study in the Dominican Republic. He remembers his passion for violin and decides to learn how to play. Despite many difficulties, Débrosse meets some amazing people who help him bring to life his childhood dream.


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De Kiskeya a Haiti : Mais Où Sont Passés Nos Arbres 

by Mario L. Delatour | New York Premiere | 2:00pm

A veritable plea for a green Haiti — Where have our trees gone? 300 years of tree cutting in Haiti is an awareness-raising documentary film that raises an alarm on the challenges of deforestation. It was produced to transform the ideas of the population on the dangers of the degradation of the environment.


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La Dérive Douce D’un Enfant de Petit Goave 

by Pedro Ruiz | New York Premiere | 3:00pm

This documentary provides an intimate look into the life of Dany Laferrière, one of the most prolific and original writers of the past twenty years.


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Spotlight on Arnold Antonin’s Documentary Films.

Arnold Antonin is a prolific film director known for his social, political and cultural commitment to Haiti. His filmography includes dozens of titles ranging from documentary shorts to narrative feature-length films that explore Haitian art, culture, and history. He has received many prestigious awards and honors, including the Djibril Diop Mambety award for lifetime achievement at the International Cannes Film Festival in 2002 and the Paul Robeson African Diaspora best film award at FESPACO in Ouagadougou in 2007, 2009, and 2011.

Faiseur de Fanaux | 6:00pm

This is the story of a 15-year-old boy who creates paper houses that illuminate the streets of Port-au-Prince during the Christmas holiday season. A terrific craftsman, he dreams of becoming an architect but unfortunately, he is illiterate. This short film presents a tender look into the life of children in the ‘bidonvilles’ of Bourdon.

Courage de Femme; Benita et Merina | 6:15pm

The story of two women stone crushers and their daily struggle for survival and dignity in today’s Haiti. It shows the contrast between, on one hand, the Stone Age and on the other, the world of modern transportation. This film received the Djibril Diop Mambety award at the Cannes Festival in 2002.

Herby, le Jazz et la Musique Haïtienne | 6:30pm

Through the story of Herby Widmaier who recorded musicians and orchestras for nearly 40 years in Haiti and who played with many national and international groups, we discover the popular urban dance music of Haiti and its relationship with Latin music and jazz.

René Depestre : On Ne Rate Pas Une Vie Eternelle|8:00pm

New York Premiere – Eminent son of the 20th century, a poet as feisty in his beliefs as in his dissents, René Depestre was close to the most prominent political and literary personalities of this century. This film shows him in the company of his Haitian countrymen as well as with Pablo Neruda, Jorge Amado, Aimé Césaire, Léopold Sedar Senghor, Edouard Glissant, Ho Chi Minh, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro, and Che Guevara. He tells us about his political and literary struggles and celebrates love, sex, the female body and his erotic safaris. We discover a 90-year-old rebel at the pinnacle of his poetic art, searching for eternity with the brilliance of a great writer who dreams of living in “the great house of the humanities.”

 



HAITI FILM FEST | CLOSING DAY

 

Sunday, May 14| St. Francis College | Founders Hall

180 Remsen Street | Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Journeying into Haiti’s beautiful and diverse rural regions and venturing deep into the streets of Port-au-Prince before and after the 2010 earthquake, Serenade for Haiti brings to the screen an unforgettable and vivid tableau of this widely misunderstood country.  The soundtrack features the stunning music of Haiti’s great composers who until this time have been largely unknown to international audiences.


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Exclusive Sneak Peek of Tezin by Shirley Bruno | 1:45pm

An adaptation of a Haitian folktale. A restless daughter meets a spirit-fish who gives her pure water but as her family devours the delicious water, they begin to suspect more than the origin of its taste. *exclusive sneak peek*


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Ayiti Mon Amour by Guetty Felin | 2:15pm

 

Haiti, five years after the earthquake… In a coastal town forgotten by the rest of the world, the sea is gaining ground and although the memories of the great disaster still haunt the villagers, life must go on. Shot in the mist and sunlight, Ayiti Mon Amour (AQ) is the story of old wounds that need healing in order to begin anew.


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My Father’s Land by Miquel Galofre & Tyler Johnson | 4:30pm
Papa Jah, a humble Haitian gardener, has lived in the Bahamas for 40 years. As his marginalized community faces growing xenophobia  and a strict new deportation policy in the Bahamas, he returns to Haiti, to reunite with his 103-year-old father and the land he left behind.

 

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Si Bondye Vle, Yuli by Jean Jean | New York Premiere | 5:30pm

For Yuli, a Haitian woman living in the Dominican Republic for more than 35 years, it has been an ongoing struggle to raise her children with dignity as she deals with her precarious immigration status. In the midst of government regularization, imminent deportation and personal upheaval, the questions arise: What really makes us belong to a place? How are the links between the land and its people made?


 

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The Empty Box by Claudia Santa-Luce|New York Premiere|7:30pm

 

Jazmin (played by the director herself), a young woman living in Mexico City, is nonplussed when she receives a call informing her that her father, Toussaint (Jimmy Jean-Louis), an illegal Haitian immigrant, is ill. She hasn’t seen him in years, and does not know why they are calling her. At first reluctant to share her lonely world, Jazmin slowly opens up to her father, realizing that his grip on reality is increasingly tenuous and the time for reconciliation is short.



Haiti Film Fest 2017 Advisory Committee:

Fritz Archer
David Belle
Diana Carr-Joseph
Edwidge Danticat
Jonathan Demme
Jamie Hector
Jason Jeffers
Curtis John
Jerry Lamothe
Daphne Leroy
Romola Lucas
Michelle Materre
Easmanie Michel
S. Atibon Nazaire
Nathalie Paul
Michèle Stephenson
Patrick Ulysse
Marc Henry Valmond
Frantz Voltaire

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