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Kickstart This: Film Adaptation of Edwidge Danticat’s Haitian Family Drama ‘Caroline’s Wedding’

Kickstart This: Film Adaptation of Edwidge Danticat's Haitian Family Drama 'Caroline's Wedding'

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. 

Michel is set to adapt the work along with co-writers France-Luce Beeson and Darcy Miller. Producer Stephanie Dawson and cinematographer Kay Chung round out the production team.  
The project is being called the first feature adaptation of Danticat’s work. Previously a film version of her novel The Dew Breaker was long in the works, with HBO attached and Danny Glover, Sophie Okonedo and Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to star at different points in its development, though there’s been no recent news on whether that film will come to fruition. 

Find the fundraising pitch for Caroline’s Wedding below, and to donate, visit their Kickstarter page HERE or by clicking the widget underneath.

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Melissa Kyeyune

I'm writing a story set in Haiti (I am Ugandan) since I have the interest in writing about beautiful places with people of African-descent. Would love any advice on Haitian trivia or taboos I can add to the story, to add more realism. Please google my author profile to get my email as they don't allow it posted here. Thanks!

Ruth Georges

I woke up this morning and this was the first blog I read! I'm so excited about this project! I'm a founder of Fanm Kreyol, Inc and we are Haitian Women's organization and this reading has been read by most of our members. It's a challenge being first generation Haitian- American and this reading reflects some of trails and tribulations of first generation Haitian Americans. I'm forwarding this blog to my members, so they can comment and donate! Danticat's writing has given a voice to the entire Haitian community and it has allowed Haitian women to feel heard. Her work is amazing!

JC Martinez

It would be nice to see this award-winning author's work on the screen. Danticat's work deserves a bit of exposure in the mainstream media rather than remaining cloistered in the discourse of the "literati."

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