Haiti Film Fest 2013

HCX | Haiti Film Fest 2013 Schedule

HCX | Haiti Film Fest Opening Night

Thursday, May 9, 2013 – 6pm to 12am
DROM 85 Avenue A, East Village Map

Screening of select short films and performance by Emeline Michel and music by DJ Zing. Honoring Frantz Voltaire, Founder of CIDICHA for his work in film and archival research. Purchase tickets here!

Emerging Filmmakers Networking Event & Select Short Films 

Friday, May 10, 2013 – 6 to 9 pm
FiveMyles Gallery 558 St Johns Place, Brooklyn Map

Screening of select short films and an industry professional mixer.
Sponsored by Prestige Beer.

Select Short Film Screenings:
Viter Juste, The Father of Little Haiti (2012, 6 Minutes, English) by Rachelle Salnave

Known as Pere Juste (Father Juste), Viter Juste was a pillar in the Haitian community in South Florida. Father Juste named Little Haiti, a well known neighborhood in Miami, Florida recognized for its enclave of Haitian culture and people. He was instrumental in fighting for the civil rights of Haitian immigrants and contributed to a cultural safe haven for many Haitians who risked their lives to come to America to find freedom.

Night Driver (2011, 20 Minutes, English) by Fritz Celestin

A young man with a dirty job struggles to validate his dreams of becoming a musician. His growing emotions for a beautiful young prostitute drive him into a dangerous situation where he must make some serious decisions.

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Seating is first come, first serve.

Saturday, May 11, 2013 – Noon to 10 pm
St. Francis College 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Map

Noon – 2:00 pm

Zafè Fatra (2012,  8 Minutes, Kreyòl with English subtitles) by Kendy Vérilus
Exclusive New York Premiere

Today’s Haitian youth are so accustomed to fatra (trash) as the backdrop to their daily lives that they can’t even remember clean streets in urban Haiti. A situation frustrating for many citizens, a group of young musicians are using their talent to urge their communities to clean up.

Port-au-Prince, Ma Ville (2000, 57 minutes, Kreyòl & French with English Subtitles) by Rigoberto Lopez

The documentary highlights the problems that undermine Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital: overpopulation, degradation and lack of urban infrastructure. A crossroads of cultures, races and religions, the city occupies a key-role in the history of European expansion in Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas.

Followed by a Q & A with Kendy Vérilus and Frantz Voltaire


2:00 – 3:30 pm

Madame TiZo (2004, 64 Minutes, Kreyòl and French with English Subtitles) by David Belle

The documentary tells the story of an extraordinary Haitian elder. While taking care of numerous relatives and neighbors who depend upon her, Madame TiZo (Mrs. Little Bones) simultaneously works as a midwife and leaf doctor for an endless stream of men, women and children who find their way to her yard seeking relief from their maladies.

Followed by a Q & A with David Belle


3:30 – 6:00 pm

Everything Absolutely (2013, 12 Minutes, English) by Natalie Paul and Terence Nance

Director Natalie Paul’s first short film follows a young woman on a simple adventure: a date with a guy. Pam Grier, parents, and pesto all somehow find their way into this intimate journey.

Blackout (2007, 95 Minutes, English) by Jerry LaMothe

Starring Jeffrey Wright, Zoe Saldana, Melvin Van Peebles, and Jamie Hector, the film follows the intertwined lives of neighbors in East Flatbush during the blackout of August 2003. As the sun beats down on the city, things heat up in this story of community and circumstance. Blackout premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and was awarded the Director’s Spotlight Award at the 2007 Urbanworld Vibe Film Festival.

Followed by a Q & A with Natalie Paul and Jerry LaMothe


6:00 – 8:00 pm

Twa Timoun (2012, 81 Minutes, Kreyòl & French with English Subtitles) by Jonas d’Adesky
Exclusive New York Premiere

This film follows Vitaleme, Pierre, and Mikenson, three 12-years-old best friends who live in a home in Port-au-Prince. Vitaleme is haunted by his memories as a child servant and is obsessed by the idea of freedom. When the town is struck by an earthquake, all three find themselves on the street.

Followed by a Q & A with Jonas d’Adesky


8:00 – 10:00 pm

M’ale (2009, 20 Minutes, Kreyòl with English Subtitles) by Kishner Deprinvil

A young Haitian man by the name of Gady graduates college with honors expecting to immediately find a job. However, his homeland is infested with rampant corruption in its political and social institutions. With an unexpected turn of events and a wife and daughter on the verge of starvation, Gady resorts to extreme measures with hopes of taking care of his family.

On the Verge of a Fever / Le Goût des Jeunes Filles (2006, 88 Minutes, French with English Subtitles) by John L’Ecuyer based on a novel & screenplay by Dany Lafferière

In 1971 Haiti, 15-year-old Fanfan lives a somewhat sheltered life with his protective mother. Following a terrifying incident involving a Tonton-Macoute, Fanfan hides out at his beautiful neighbor’s house for the weekend.


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Sunday, May 12, 2013 – Noon to 10 pm
St. Francis College 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Map

Noon – 1:00 pm

Suze-Anne (2012, 15 Minutes, Kreyòl with English Subtitles) by Amiral J. C. Gaspard, Ciné Institute

This short tells the story of a love triangle. Suze’s husband has left her for the young and vivacious Anne. Only Anne can help Suze get him back.

Silent Treatment (2012, 9 Minutes) by Martine Jean

In this 1920′s inspired “silent movie”, Loretta catches her husband cheating with another woman and decides to give him “the silent treatment.” Will their love survive his indiscretion?

The Things I See (2011, 10 Minutes, English) by Shirley Bruno 

A coming of age drama about an eleven-year-old Matou who pretends to need glasses in order to be “seen.” The eyeglasses get her some attention but her focus begins to shift literally and figuratively. Through the distorted view of the glasses she begins to bear witness to the natural calamities of life.

Followed by a Q & A with Shirley Bruno & Paula Hyppolite



Créer Pour Se Recréer / Creating to Re-Create Yourself (2011, 14 Minutes, Kreyòl/French with English Voice Over) by Marie-Denise Douyon
Exclusive New York Premiere 

Upon returning to Haiti, internationally acclaimed artist Marie-Denise Douyon was unlawfully detained. This documentary reveals her story, transporting the viewer to a universe, alternately severe, bright, and resounding with emotion.

Wòch Nan Soley/Stones in the Sun (2012, 95 Minutes, Kreyòl, French & English with English Subtitles) by Patricia Benoit

In the midst of increasing political violence, a young couple, two sisters, and a father and son are driven from Haiti to New York, where they must confront the truths of their interlocked pasts. The film won Best Feature at the 2012 Pan African Film Festival.

Followed by a Q & A with Patricia Benoit


3:15 – 5:00 pm

Et Après (2010, 12 Minutes) by Maksaens Denis
Exclusive New York Premiere 

In this experimental film, the strangeness of a half-standing city is captured through scenes of the seemingly endless destruction in Port-au-Prince following the 2010 earthquake.

Broken Stones (2012, 61 Minutes, Kreyòl, French & English with English Subtitles) by Guetty Felin

This documentary takes a look at the oldest neighborhood of Port-au-Prince and the most devastated by the earthquake of January 12, 2010. The film follows the lives of people moving through the maze of the vestige that was once the Notre Dame de l’Assumption which had become an amphitheater & surreal witness of the living conditions of Haitians in the area.

Followed by a Q & A with Maksaens Denis & Guetty Felin


5:00 – 6: 45 pm

Anita (2012, 15 Minutes, Kreyòl with English Subtitles) by Ricardo Tranquilin, Ciné Institute

Victor, a peasant, is jealous of the daughter of his brother Samson because she is going to become a doctor. As a result, he kills her with poison. Samson looks for justice, but not finding it among men, he calls on the Gods to speak the truth.

Plezi Gede Credit (2012, 6 Minutes) by Romel Jean-Pierre
Exclusive New York Premiere 

This experimental piece set in Haiti, fuses performance art and vodou practice into a rhythmic and entrancing film.

Anita (1981, 45 Minutes, Kreyòl with English Subtitles) by Rassoul Labuchin

Young Anita’s life consists of working as a servant to a wealthy family, leaving her little time for anything else. Her servitude (which some would call slavery) provides an insight into a frighteningly common experience for children in Haiti.

Followed by a Q & A with Romel Jean-Pierre & Rassoul Labuchin


6:45 – 10:00 pm

Toussaint Louverture (2012, 180 Minutes, Kreyòl & French with English Subtitles) by Philippe Niang

This historical dramatization follows Haitian revolutionary leader Toussaint Louverture who led the first successful slave revolt in world history. Beautifully shot and fraught with intense action, it won Best Film, Audience Choice Award, and Best Actor at the 20th Pan African Film Festival as well as Best Diaspora Feature at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards.

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