Film screenings for Haiti relief

The Cayman National
Cultural Foundation’s is screening two Haitian films at the Harquail Theatre in
aid of the country’s earthquake disaster relief.

According to a Foundation release,
it will be showing Port au Prince se Pam (Port au Prince is Mine) and Ame Noire (Black Soul) tonight [Thursday,
28 January] at 7pm. The movies are from the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase, a
regional film unit.

Filmgoers are asked to dontate a
minimum of $5 to view the screenings. The release added that 100 per cent of
the proceeds going to  the Cayman Islands Red Cross’ Fund for Disaster
Relief in Haiti.

 Total running time for both
films is 66 minutes. Drinks and snacks will be on sale.

Rigoberto Lopez film Port au Prince se Pam portrays the
beleaguered city of Port au Prince as it was pre-earthquake: a victim of overpopulation,
lack of urban infrastructure, and environmental degradation.

The
winner of numerous awards including the Golden Bear award for the best
short-length film at the Berlin Film Festival, Ame Noire is an animated film by
Martine Chartrand.

The plot centres around a grandmother
who teaches her grandson the history of his people taking in the disporia from
Africa to the West Indies and then from the United States to Canada.

The lesson shows the loneliness of
the cotton fields, the slaves’ courage, suffering and rebellion, the deep voice
of the Reverend Martin Luther King dreaming of brotherhood and a better future
for his children. A series depicting the black pharaohs of Nubian Egypt and the
slave trade underpinned with tribal music of ancient Africa and American jazz.

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