Constant exchanges in literature, but also in the cinema between Haiti and Quebec. In five editions already, the Quebec Film Festival in Haiti (FFQH) has become part of the tradition. Port-au-Prince and Jacmel are again this year giving Quebec cinema carte blanche.
This year’s edition will bring about ten films in Quebec to light. The French Institute in Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Fokal, still in the Haitian capital and Ciné Institute, along Meyer road, in Jacmel, are the sites selected by the organization of the event . La Fondation Fabienne Colas en collaboration avec l’Ambassade du Canada en Haïti et la Société de développement des entreprises culturelles du Québec (Sodec) entendent ainsi « amener les succès du cinéma québécois » dans deux des villes les plus festives d’Haïti. Le Festival de films québécois a été ouvert ce mardi à l’Institut Français en Haïti avec « Félix et Meira » de Maxime Giroux, récipiendaire de nombreux prix. The Fabienne Colas Foundation in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Haiti and the Development Society of Cultural Enterprises of Québec (SODEC) and thus hope “to bring the success of Quebec cinema” into two of the most festive cities of Haiti. The Festival of Quebec films was opened on Tuesday at the French Institute in Haiti with Maxime Giroux’s “Felix and Meira», recipient of numerous awards. The director describes his work in the unlikely love story linking the destinies of a young Quebecois and a Hasidic Jewish immigrant in Montreal. Meira, according to the synopsis, “is married with one child; who is alone and penniless. As their relationship develops, Meira will face a dilemma: stay or leave her community “? Hard to choose or decide. Eight other films – dramas and documentaries – will be screened free from 5 to 12 April in Port-au-Prince as Jacmel, host a film school. “The last pilgrims” Will Prosper’s documentary, are among the anticipated films throughout the vibrant cultural event. This documentary describes the journey by bus of some Haitian believers in Montreal and New York who, united by the strength of their culture, make pilgrimages to the shrines of Notre-Dame-du-Cap and Sainte-Anne-de- Beaupré … Also selected by the organizers of the event are two other works discussing the color issue. In the documentary “Black and White: Color crimes,” Jean-François Méan, director, tells the difficult reality of albinos often stigmatized when they are not sacrificed in various parts of the world. Also included in the agenda of moviegoers is Yves-Christian Fournier’s “Noir (Nwa)”. Behind this very short lived title hides the everyday people in a disadvantaged area. On one issue to another, lovers of cinema will have the chance to discover “Maroccan Gigolo.” Its director, Ismail Saidi, depicts his childhood friends from a disreputable district of Brussels who decide to change their lives by offering their bodies for a few dollars. ” And these friends will soon face problems they had not thought of!
List of selected films and screening venues: – “Felix and Meira” Maxime Giroux: Tuesday, April 5, 6:00 pm, French Institute (Avenue Lamartinière, Port-au-Prince, Haiti) – “Black (Nwa)” by Yves-Christian Fournier: Friday, April 8, 7:00 pm, Ciné Institute (Jacmel); Monday, April 11, 5:00 pm, Fokal (Avenue Christophe, Port-au-Prince, Haiti) – “Inshallah” by Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette: Saturday, April 9, 2:00 pm, Fokal (Avenue Christophe, Port-au- Prince, Haiti) – “SCRATCH” Sebastien Godron: Saturday, April 9, 4:00 pm, Fokal (Avenue Christophe, Port-au-Prince, Haiti) – “White and black: color crimes,” by Jean-François Méan: Monday, April 11, 3:00 pm, Fokal (Avenue Christophe, Port-au-Prince, Haiti) – “Maroccan Gigolo” by Ismaël Saidi: Tuesday, April 12, 2:00 pm, Fokal (Avenue Christophe, Port-au-Prince, Haiti ) – “The last pilgrims” by Will Prosper: Tuesday, April 12, 6:00 pm, French Institute in Haiti (Avenue Lamartinière, Port-au-Prince, Haiti) – “Republik Basket” by Will Prosper: Tuesday, April 19, 6 o’clock pm, French Institute in Haiti – “Henri Henri” by Martin Talbot: Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 pm,French Institute in Haiti.
WRITER: Claude Gilles