Papa Machete

by labellevie· December 10, 2015· in Past Films· 0 comments
Papa Machete introduces viewers to the esoteric martial art of machete fencing that evolved from the Haitian revolution through the practice and life of ‘Professor’ Alfred Avril, a poor, aging farmer who is one of the art’s few remaining masters. Teaching about the practical and spiritual value of the machete- which is both a weapon and a farmer’s key to survival- Avril provides a bridge between his country’s traditional past and its troubled present. The film documents his proud devotion to his heritage and his struggle to keep it alive in the face of bitter poverty. Directed by Jonathan David Kane | Produced byA Third Horizon Film For more information about this film visit www.papamachete.com
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La Belle Vie: The Good Life is a story of self-discovery as Haitian‐American filmmaker Rachelle Salnave ventures to confront the grace, and simultaneously the unseemliness, of her native ideologies. Born in New York City, but raised by an upper class patriotic Haitian family, forced to flee their island nation in adulthood, Rachelle comes of age in the midst of crossfire between two distinct cultures. The beliefs of her nurturing parents, the products of noble family histories, juxtaposed with the truth of her humble working class reality in Harlem, USA, set the stage for an inner conflict that ultimately compels her to search for her own truth. For more information about the film visit www.labelleviefilm.com
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Storming Papa

by labellevie· December 09, 2015· in Past Films· 0 comments
Storming Papa Doc captures one of Haiti’s most haunting blockades in Haitian history. On July 28th, 1958, a team of ex-army officers, lead by former Tuskgee Airmen, Alix Pasquet travel to Haiti from Florida landing in Delugé, north of the Haitian capital to begin their plot in overthrowing Haitian President, Dr. François Duvalier. Director Mario L. Delatour captures this memorable siege through the use of animation and intercuts the story by documenting real life interviews from the people who survived the violent show down. For the generation who lived through this era, the night of July 28th, 1958 would have changed course of Haitian history forever. Directed by Mario Delatour | French Version and English Versions are available        
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Deported

by labellevie· December 09, 2015· in Past Films· 0 comments
Through a series of portraits, this film gives voice to offenders (sentenced to penalties of varying severity), who, at the end of their prison sentence in North America are deported to their home country, Haiti. Back in Port-au-Prince, a city they left as children, a new life begins for these “Americans” in an environment that is both completely unfamiliar and quite hostile. Caribbean and Latin  American countries are experiencing the heavy burden associated with the forced “migration” of a population  unprepared for its return (with no family ties in their “home”  country nor mastery of the Creole language) and lack the means to manage any sort of re-integration. The film is built around trips between Haiti, where the deported now reside (and were followed for three years), and North America where their families, who know nothing of their loved one’s new life, are torn with anxiety, blame and regret. After a one-year respite following the deadly earthquake of January 12, 2010, the deportations resumed in January 2011. Directed by Rachèle Magloire and Chantal Regnault. For more information about this film visit – http://afropop.tv/deported/
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