Maybe it’s the combo classical music and quiet, impressionistic images, but I was totally immersed in this trailer for award-winning Hatian indie director Guetty Felin’s feature documentary film Broken Stones, which will screen at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NYC, presented by the African Film Festival Inc, as its annual Black History Month film screening, this year in honor of the two-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti.
Here’s a longer description of the work:
The oldest neighborhood of the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Quartier Cathédrale (Catheral Quarter) was the most devastated sector in the city, it is also where the bulk of the documentary Broken Stones was shot. With its erected columns and open air, the ruins of the cathedral resembles an amphitheater where the daily realities of Haitian life unfolds. Amidst the vestige of what was once the most beautiful cathedrals in the entire Caribbean, children play, women pray, some carry pails and jugs of water from the nearby tap, a white man dressed in black hooded priest garb appears out of nowhere, followed by a cameraman, foreign missionaries snap pictures as they pray for lost souls in a house of worship, men and women roam almost aimlessly in this post-apocalyptic decor…. These images are amongst the impressionist moments interwoven into the narrative fabric of this captivating documentary.
The screening will take place next Thursday, February 23rd, at the Langston Hughes Auditorium, Schomburg Center @ 135th St. and Malcolm X Blvd. It will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and special guests.
Did I mentiong that the event is FREE?!?
For registration, go to www.schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com.
or more information visit www.africanfilmny.org or call (212) 352-1720.
Watch the trailer for yourselves below: