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Join Haiti Cultural Exchange on Saturday, June 15th for a night of two films that navigate the complexities of conflict, agency, and change.

 

1964: Simityè Kamoken’ by Rachèle Magloire documents the Kamoken, a resistance militia, which landed some thirty armed men to overthrow the Haitian dictator Duvalier, who unleashed a campaign of terror to prevent the rural communities of the South-East from joining the rebellion. More than 50 years later, they tell their stories for the first time. 

Port Of A Prince’ by JR Aristide & Gilbert Mirambeau Jr brings life into high contrast and hard choices for Tiyo, a young boy faced with either pledging loyalty or losing the confidence of his grandfather. A decision that binds him to inevitable consequences. 

A discussion with the filmmaker will follow the screenings.

 

JR ARISTIDE

JR Aristide is an award winning Haitian-American writer/director from Miami, FI. His curiosity for storytelling flourished while studying philosophy (BA) at the HBCU Florida A&M University. His passion for film pushed him to probe various themes ranging from personal identity, social morality, justice, and world religions. JR strives to tell genuine stories of authentic human interrelations that are inclusive of the global African diaspora. Recently, he directed the short film Port Of A Prince, which has circulated in over 20 festivals with selections at the Oscar-Qualifying: Pan-African Film Festival, Bengaluru International Short Film Festival, Bronze Lens Film Festival, the American Black Film Festival and the Austin Film Festival. The film will also participate in the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market for the 2024 edition of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

RACHÈLE MAGLOIRE

Born in Port-au-Prince, December 31, 1961, Rachèle Magloire grew up in Quebec, where she completed a degree in Communications, before returning to Haiti in 1987. Magloire comes from a family of revolutionary democrats who actively participated in the struggle for democratization. One of her uncles was executed in the street in 1963, another uncle and an aunt were wanted, her father was briefly arrested and her whole family ended up in exile.

Returning to her country after the fall of the regime in 1986, Magloire carried out several investigations to help retrace the history of these movements and the sacrifices of thousands of militants who, by the hundreds, paid with their lives for their commitment to the struggle for freedom. Initially a journalist, she soon became caught up in the many political and security upheavals of the transition, from the military regimes that followed Jean-Claude Duvalier to the various civilian governments that emerged from generally contested elections.

In making this film, Magloire  immersed herself completely in the dark years, which were years of struggle and sometimes unimaginable suffering, such as the loss of dozens of people in a single family. Even today, some witnesses are reluctant to speak out. She hopes that this film will contribute not only to honoring the memory of the combatants and victims, but also to trying to understand the origins of the armed violence currently affecting Haiti.

GILBERT MIRAMBEAU JR

Gilbert Mirambeau is an award winning Haitian writer, producer, and social activist. He is the co-founder of Muska Group, a leading audiovisual production company based in Haiti. He produced the award-winning feature film Kafou (Best Film at Austin Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, 2017). He also co-wrote & co-produced Kidnapping Inc., his second feature film which has been selected for a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (2024). He also co-produced the documentary Brave, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival (2022) Directors’ Fortnight section. Gilbert is an alumnus of the producer’s labs; The Fiction Toolbox Program (European Film Market, 2022), The Open Doors Producer’s Lab (Locarno Film Festival, 2022) & The Producers Network (Cannes Film Festival, 2023).

 

MEMWA/EVOLISYON

Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) is celebrating our milestone 15th year as a nonprofit organization throughout the month of June with a special anniversary series called Memwa/Evolisyon (Remembrance/Evolution). This theme represents the alive nature of culture—weaving and building forward with the same roots that seeded all we have and everything we will be tomorrow.

The Memwa/Evolisyon series pays homage to our powerful community and the longtime artists who have helped ground HCX, while uplifting new and exciting artists around New York City. We welcome you to join us in remembering the past and look forward to the evolution of our community rooted in the arts & culture of Haiti and its Diaspora.

Alongside over 20 multidisciplinary Haitian artists, Memwa/Evolisyon will celebrate what continues to bloom for the Haitian community across this city with venue partners including: Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn Public Library, The Center for Fiction, Times Square Arts, FiveMyles Gallery, Prospect Park Alliance and more!

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