Buy TicketsThursday 4th September | 7pm
Event Cinemas George St Sydney
Feature | Patricia Benoit | USA / Haiti | 2012 | 93 min
In the midst of political violence in their homeland, the lives of three pairs of Haitian refugees intersect in 1980s New York City. A woman struggling to forget the atrocities she’s experienced reunites with her husband. A single mother striving for assimilation in the suburb takes in her activist sister. And the host of a popular anti-government radio show, finds his estranged father on his doorstep.
English / Haitian / Creole / French with English subtitles
Persons under the age of 15 can be allowed to the screenings only if in the company of an adult or parent or guardian
Bonus short film screening: Father, Argentina / France, Dir. Santiago Bou Grasso
Patricia Benoit was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and grew up in Queens, New York. Her family was forced into exile under the Duvalier dictatorship and moved to France before moving to the United States. Benoit’s documentary COURAGE AND PAIN (produced by Jonathan Demme), about victims of political torture in Haiti, was shown at the Walter Reade Theater in New York and the London Film Festival. TONBE/LEVE, her award-winning documentary about the struggle for democracy in Haiti after the end of the Duvaliers’ 30-year rule, was an official selection of the New York Film Festival, The Havana Film Festival, The New York Human Rights Film Festival, and the San Juan Film Festival. Benoit’s short story, “The Red Dress” was included in the anthology, The Butterfly’s Way, edited by Edwidge Danticat. With STONES IN THE SUN (formerly HAITI CHERIE), Benoit was a fellow at the 2007 Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Labs, and winner of the first Time Warner Storytelling award in 2007.
Winner: 2012 Sundance Time Warner Storytelling Award
Winner: 2012 Tribeca Film Festival – Best New Narrative Director, Special Jury Mention
Winner: 2013 Pan African Film Festival – Best Narrative Film
Winner: 2013 African Academy Award – Diaspora film
Winner: 2012 Sundance Annenberg Grant