(Thursday, January 22nd-Sunday, January 25th)
Curated by Michelle Materre and the Creatively Speaking Film Series
Co-sponsored by the Haiti Cultural Exchange, The DDPA (Durban Declaration & Programme of Action) Watch Group, The BDC (Black Documentary Collective), The Haitian Creole Language Institute and Harlem Karibe
(Reflecting back on Haiti’s devastating earthquake 5 years later with a look at the
documentaries and fiction verite from globally recognized and Haitian born
master filmmaker Raoul Peck. A portion of the proceeds will go to Ciné Institute, Haiti's only film school, fostering a new generation of Haitian filmmakers.)
Raoul Peck, 2013, 100 min
Raoul Peck takes us on a two year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative point of view, the film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practice and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing in the most disturbing way the extent of a general failure. This crushing fact based documentary leads to the only plausible conclusion – immediate cessation of current aid policies and practice.
Berlin International Film Festival, 2013
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2013
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, 2013
“Written and directed with intelligence and authority” – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
“Powerful” – Variety
“Lyrically filmed…shrewd in its analysis” – David D’Arcy, Screen Daily
Q&A with director Raoul Peck and Michelle Materre, followed by a reception with cuisine of the Haitian Diaspora provided by Harlem Karibe and a performance from renowned Brooklyn-Born Haitian Singer-Songwriter Melanie Charles.