Ayiti Mon Amour

Director: Guetty Felin
Country: Haiti
Year: 2016
Running Time: 88 min.
Language: Haitian Creole, French, and Japanese with English subtitles

Set in Haiti five years after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Guetty Felin’s magical realist tale avoids the kinds of images of the disaster that saturated screens around the world. In his depiction of young Orphée’s grief over the loss of his father beneath the rubble of decimated buildings (represented in ghostly images that float beneath the ocean’s surface), Felin refuses to tell a story of victimhood. Instead, she gives the narrative back to the Haitian people, whose lives cannot be reduced headlines. And as her characters begin to heal, Felin suggests that the island will too.

 

 

About the Director

Guetty Felin

guetty_felinBiography: Guetty Felin is an award-winning independent filmmaker, teacher, and film curator. Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in New York, she holds an MFA from the university of Paris School of Cinema. Throughout her career, Felin has worked on factual and narrative films for European and American television. She produced and co-curated the critically-acclaimed Haiti on Screen in 2004 to celebrate Haiti’s bicentennial. She also helped to launch Haiti’s Film Festival Jakmèl in 2004.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.40.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Broken Stones (2013).

Filmography:
Thérèse (Date unknown);
Biographies in Black (Date unknown);
Telling Our Stories (Date unknown);
Uptown (Date unknown);
Rap to Rock (Date unknown);
Hal Singer, Keep the Music Going (1999);
Closer to the Dream (2010 – Hervé Cohen, Guetty Felin);
Broken Stones (2012).