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Wednesday 19 December 2018
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La Belle Vie and Papa Machete

La Belle Vie: The Good Life is a story about a Haitian-American filmmaker, Rachelle Salnave’s journey to discover her Haitian roots by examining the complexities of the Haitian society as it pertains to the overall political and economic dichotomy in Haiti. Using her own personal family stories interconnected with capturing the voices of Haitians and experts overall, this film chronologically uncovers the rationale behind its social class system but also how it has affected the Haitian American migration experience as well. With the proliferation of political turmoil, poverty, and now an Earthquake shattered nation, La Belle Vie: The Good Life in the end beckons all to lay down their arms, be it the tangible weapons of death and pain or the psychological and spiritual tools of division and prejudice, and work as one to rebuild and prosper in the name of a new and stronger Haiti.

 Screening for La Belle Vie:

Boston International Film FestivalApril 16th- 21st 2015

Monday 4/20 6:30pm – University of Miami at Shoma Hall – http://tinyurl.com/q5az4ym

Tuesday 4/21 6:30pm – O Cinema Wynwood – http://tinyurl.com/jw9sxs2

Thursday 4/23 6:30pm – FIU (South Campus – http://tinyurl.com/p973awx

Friday 4/24 7:00pm – Little Haiti Cultural Center – http://tinyurl.com/q9j2koz

Saturday 4/25 7:00pm Lake Worth Playhouse – http://tinyurl.com/nlyehoz

Papa Machete

Saturday 5/2 2:00pm African American Research Library – http://tinyurl.com/pergkqm

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 through 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.

Directed and Edited by Jonathan David Kane
Executive Produced and Written by Jason Fitzroy Jeffers & Keisha Rae Witherspoon
Produced by Joey Daoud and Richard Patterson
Director of Photography Richard Patterson
Associate Producer Liesl Harewood
Consultants Michael Dylan Rogers, Reginald Turnier & Allan Kim

Kindly facilitated by The Haitian Machete Fencing Project

La Belle Vie: The Good Life

Papa Machete