Ayiti Toma. The Land of the Living
Screening with filmmaker Joseph Hillel 6.30 pm | 240 John Hope Franklin Center
Dir. Joseph Hillel (2013). 83 min | French, English and Creole with subtitles
Beyond Haiti, the country known for its natural disasters and humanitarian aid debacle, lies Ayiti Toma, “the country that is ours.” This documentary is an encounter with the magical Haitian people that arose from the darkness of slavery to create the first Black Republic. It presents Ayiti Toma, through Haitians, including politicians, intellectuals, vodou practitioners and youth from hard-hit neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince, and through anthropologists, historians and aid workers, including actor Sean Penn. A discussion with filmmaker Joseph Hillel followed.