Haitian American author and actress Edwidge Danticat has lent the rights for her short story “Caroline’s Wedding” to be adapted into a feature film. New York based filmmaker and NYU Cinema Studies graduate student Easmanie Michel recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to jumpstart production on the project, which is set to be her feature directorial debut.
“Caroline’s Wedding” is the last story in Danticat’s collection Krik? Krak!, which was published in 1995 and centers on:
The narrator and protagonist, Gracina (Grace) Azile, who, with her mother and sister Caroline, has immigrated to the United States from Haiti. It describes the cross-generational and cross-cultural conflicts triggered by Caroline’s wedding to a non-Haitian man. Danticat introduces her readers to traditional stories, games, beliefs, and rituals from a culture that is little known or understood outside Haiti. In particular, the story explores the role of storytelling and tradition, and the relationship between mother and daughter, in creating social and family cohesion.
Find the fundraising pitch for Caroline’s Wedding below, and to donate, visit their Kickstarter page HERE or by clicking the widget underneath.