Haiti Film Fest 2013

17 May Haiti Film Fest 2013

The Haiti Film Fest (presented by the Haitian Cultural Exchange) took place this past weekend ( May 9-10, 2013) in Brooklyn, NY. It was a 3 day event showcasing and celebrating Haitian cinema, filmakers and culture. I was able to attend the screening of Blackout, a  film that takes us down memory lane to relive  the infamous 2003 Northeast blackout,  through the lens  of  an inner city Brooklyn neighborhood.

This wasn’t my first time seeing the award winning film since it’s first debut at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, however watching it again, so many years later,  proved  to be a poignant  reminder  that some of our most prevalent modern day issues (inner city violence, groupthink, the fight to not become a product of your environment) are still pushed  to selective irrelevancy and  the  voices of those subject to this are still too often ignored.

After the viewing, the writer of the script, Natalie Paul , and the Director of the film, Jerry Lamothe, answered a few questions about the movie making process for the film, the key characters as well as some of the takeaways they wanted the audience to grasp after watching.

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I also ran into my old friend LGL of Caribbean Apparel as he was showcasing some of the newest designs of his apparel line that celebrates the Caribbean Diaspora.  Check them out on FB – they are making MAJOR moves! [singlepic id=231 w=320 h=240 float=center][singlepic id=230 w=320 h=240 float=center][singlepic id=229 w=320 h=240 float=center]


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