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Films that we screen in Haiti

January 30, 2012

Some people asked what we were screening over in Haiti – here you go….

Shorts – some of the classics that always work.

La Belle Fille et La Sorciere ( short 3 mins – a great crowd pleaser and great intro)
Sean the Sheep – Loads of Episodes – ones that worked – ‘The Bull’, ‘Kite’ and ‘Circus’
Ti Sentaniz ( 35 mins – audience favourite as it is in Kreyol – with strong social message)
The Baby by Les Rescapes – Haitian slap stick. This episode the favourite, Park one also good.
Some HKKP videos made by UK kids and Haitian kids.
Magic Gourd – Haitian student film – works well.
Josh Sanquist ( This is a great short video with Kreyol voice over about amputees playing sports)
Red Balloon ( 40 mins – massive crowd pleaser – standing crowds cheering! Unbelievable reaction every time)
We show footage from previous days at camps – kids performing etc, they love this!

Features – All films in French.

Kirikou et La Sorciere – Magical Baby saves village from Sorcerer in Africa – Firm fave, and a great film.
Le Ballon d’Or (Boy from village in Guinea wants to be best footballer in Africa – great adventure)
Kirikou et Les Betes Sauvages (Kirikou 2 – good but less action that first film)
Robin Du Bois – (Robin Hood disney cartoon) – Good one but a lot of talking that loses audience at times.
Princess and the Frog – Disney animation set in New Orleans – lots of Voodoo and action, worked well.

Next group head to Haiti for February

January 23, 2012

On the 1st of Feb, three more volunteers will head to Haiti to continue the HKKP project. Kayle, Felix and Hogge are long term Cube cinema volunteers, and are full of energy and new ideas. They plan to visit Leogane and Jacmel, building on the links made in the last trip. We wish them well and look forward to hearing new stories of happy screenings and workshops.

Final show

November 14, 2011

The final screening at small camp right next to where we’re staying in Leogane.  The camp leader said we could come as long as we bought some beers at his bar.  No problem.  Great final screening.  Don’t know if any of us can watch “Kirikou and the Sorceress” ever again, but it has been the most popular film of the trip.  That and “The Red Ballon” which has caused audience reactions like we’ve never seen before.  Literally kids screaming with joy, clapping and cheering.  Really amazing, especially for a pretty much silent film made in 1956!

More from the Stadium

The old disused cinema in Leogane in the background.  Someone even climbed up on top to watch the films (look close on low bit to the left)

Rappers taking control of the stage.  Probably doing the most performed song of the trip “Benaki”  – which goes “Benaki, Benaki.  Look at me i’ve got money!”  Biggest song in Haiti at the moment.  The crowds loved it everytime, we had from 4 year olds to 15 year olds performing it every talent show.

Leogane Stadium Screenings

November 13, 2011

A  large tented and corrugated hut camp occupies Leogane’s stadium.  We set up next to the stadium and quite aptly the old cinema for two nights of screening.  We were right in the middle of town, and it felt a bit like a drive in as motor bikes pulled up and stayed for the show!  Last screening in Leogane tomorrow then off to Port au Prince before we fly home on Tuesday.  It’s felt like a long time, respect to Marko and Dave for managing 7 weeks last year in the post earthquake chaos.  Also we’ve met a lot of people who’ve been out here long term working on rebuilding Haiti – inspiring stuff.

HKKP fashion shoot!

It’s not all work work work.  We managed to pop to the beach in Leogane for a quick HKKP fashion shoot with Roosevelt the driver (yeah boyeeeee!) Marko, Berlin the translator , and Alex.  Check out the tees.  I was even wearing mine behind the camera