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CaFA Film Nights: French/Creole Edition

Friday, June 5, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Nicholas Variety, 570 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tix: $5

Refreshments served.

This month, we are screening French/Creole Caribbean films.  Two films are narrative shorts and the third, a documentary short.

papa machete blank picPapa Machete
Produced by Jason Jeffers
Documentary Short
Haiti, 2014

200 years ago, the slaves of Haiti defeated Napoleon’s armies in the historic revolution of 1791-1804. One of their weapons was the very tool they used to work the land: the machete. Papa Machete explores the esoteric martial art that evolved from this victory through the practice and life of a farmer named Alfred Avril. The short film documents his proud devotion to his heritage in the face of bitter poverty, and his efforts to keep this mysterious art alive.

This film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch the trailer:

 


coming of org blank picThe Coming of Org
Dir. Davina Lee
Narrative Short
St. Lucia, 2012

The Coming of Org is based on short stories written by John Robert Lee, a Saint Lucian writer and adapted for the screen by his daughter, Executive Producer and Director Davina Lee. The story takes a look at three different people who come face to face with their inner demons in three separate ways. The movie highlights Saint Lucian folk stories and music, with most of the dialogue in French Creole.

In the first story, Tison, the main character, is a popular radio DJ in Saint Lucia. He has grown up, like many others in his village, hearing of characters from ancient folklore passed down from generation to generation. He lives his life as a carefree womanizer, until the day he comes face to face with Org. At the climactic moment of his experience, the folk culture collides with his modern life and he “meets his Org”.

In the second story, Charlo, we meet Tison again but as a musician and rising star. He moves in next door to an old man, Charlo. He has never seen Tison clearly, but via the sound coming through the thin partition that divides their rooms, the old man is witness to Tison’s growth as a musician. There are tell-tale signs that the old man used to be a folk musician and through Tison’s growth, the old man’s yearnings for music are once again awakened.

For the final and third story, Jennifer, Terrance and the Baby, Tison returns home for a visit after international success. What he comes back to is a community filled with gun violence and abuse. The story however revolves around Jennifer, an old friend of Tison, who is a victim of domestic abuse. In a moment of rage and revenge she has a huge mistake in judgment.

This film was a 2012 Cannes Film Festival selection.

Watch the trailer:


 

vivre blank picVivre!
Dir. Maharaki
Narrative Short
Martinique/Guadeloupe, 2012

A teacher asks her class, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. While his joyful classmates respond, Tom, a quiet 10-year-old boy, slips away.

This film was a 2012 Cannes selection.

Watch the trailer:

 

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