“It’s important for me to show Haitians as human beings and not just as objects. We have a very heavy legacy in that we are seen as either voodoo followers or AIDS carriers. The least I can do is show people as people and not as marionettes or exotic bodies.” – Raoul Peck
He’s a fearless filmmaker and activist who, I would argue, deserves even more recognition than he’s received over the years, within the international filmmaking community, as one of Haiti’s few filmmakers, and a primary exporter of Haitian films to the rest of the world.
Coverage of his complex body of work has been plentiful here on S&A, since the blog was launched in 2009, much of it still sadly underseen – “Lumumba,” “Moloch Tropical,” “Fatal Assistance,” most recently “Murder in Pacot” and more. And New Yorkers will be pleased to take advantage of a retrospective of the filmmaker, set to run at Maysles Cinema here in New York City – a series curated by Michelle Materre and the Creatively Speaking Film Series, co-sponsored by the Haiti Cultural Exchange and The DDPA (Durban Declaration & Programme of Action) Watch Group.
Titled “Raoul Peck: Après the Earthquake,” the series’ dates are: January 22nd – January 25th, 2015.
Raoul Peck himself will be present for part of the event, to participate in post-screening chats with curator Materre.
“Reflecting back on Haiti’s devastating earthquake 5 years later, with a look at the documentaries and fiction vérité from globally recognized Haitian born master filmmaker Raoul Peck.”
Planned screenings include some of the above mentioned films, and others not listed, like the documentary “Profit and Nothing But!”
For full details, as well as ticket information, click here.