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|Posted July 1, 2003|
Here is a selection of Haitian films that serve as an introduction to the current wave. Creole and French with English Subtitles
Barikad (Barricade) -- Directed by Richard Sénécal. A dreamy young man falls in love with his family's housekeeper, to the consternation of his parents, who want to keep class lines intact.
Haitian Corner -- Directed by Raoul Peck. A poet flees Duvalierist Haiti for New York and meets a former soldier who tortured him back home.
Pour L'amour de Suzie -- Directed by Raynald Delerme. A player and a single mother try to forget their past and rebuild their lives together. French with English Subtitles
Lumumba -- Directed by Raoul Peck. This film chronicles Patrice Lumumba's rise to power in the Congo in 1960. Creole/French
Kouché pa Bay (Laziness Begets Nothing) -- Directed by Willy Exume. Two unemployed Haitian immigrants in New York come up with a scheme to pluck them out their misery: shepherding their own church.
Cicatrices (Scars) -- Directed by Jean-Gardy Bien-Aimé. A wealthy widow finds love in a much-younger man, and becomes alienated from her son, who still treasures his father's memory.
Shango -- Directed by Moise Kharmeliaud and Wheeler Mackens. When a reporter's wife is murdered, he sets out to find her killers and unravels a web of treachery, police and media corruption and narcotics trading.
Piwouli et le Zenglendo [Piwouli and the Thug] -- Directed by Arnold Antonin. A bored housewife, trapped in a loveless marriage, becomes enamored of a thief who robs her at gunpoint.
Les Gens de Bien (People of Means) -- Directed by Raynald Delerme. A thinly disguised satire of the last days of the Duvalier dynasty.
Caroline -- Directed by Louis Barth. A willful country girl schemes to break free from her tyrannical father to be with her true love.
KATHELINE ST. FORT
Reprinted from The Miami Herald of June 28, 2003.
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