P. Benoit has made documentaries, educational films and shorts, and worked in both Haiti and with the Haitian community in New York. Benoit hopes “Stones in the Sun” will leave audiences with “a view of Haitians which is more complex than what they see on the news.”
What it’s about: “The title ‘Stones in the Sun’ comes from the Haitian proverb ‘Stones in the water don’t know the suffering of stones in the sun.’
“In the midst of political violence, a young couple, two sisters and a father and son are driven from Haiti to New York, where they must confront the truths of their interlocked pasts.”
Director Benoit says: “I cast mostly non professional actors who I think did a wonderful job. I wanted authenticity and got it. I wanted to tell a story in a milieu that is hardly ever seen in film.”
The film’s challenges: “Finding money for such a non commercial venture in Creole (and English) no less. Making a film with multiple storylines, shot in New York and in Haiti on a miniscule budget.
“I couldn’t have done it without the support of family and friends here and in Haiti. My producers were magicians and Cine Institute in Haiti was incredible.”
What would you like to get out of your Tribeca experience? “I’m thrilled about premiering at Tribeca since New York has one of the largest Haitian communities outside of Haiti. It would be great to get a distribution deal.”
Future proects: “I’m working on a film with the writer Edwidge Danticat, about the peasant movement in Haiti. She’s also in my film. She bailed me out after she had just given birth, her only condition was that we had to stop whenever the baby required feeding.”
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