The 2017 Montreal Black Film Festival, founded by Haitian actress Fabienne Colas, starts on Wednesday, September 27, and it features dozens and dozens of films, spanning all manner of genres, languages, countries of origin and era. With an initial sixty-five films announced so far, here are our some of our most anticipated Haitian movies at the 2017 Montreal Black Film Festival. The list contains movies directed by Haitian directors or movies played by Haitian actors.
Cargo (Sept. 28)
An exiled American with a gambling addiction in Nassau takes a job smuggling Haitians to Florida in a desperate ploy to support his family. Cargo is directed by Kareem J. Mortimer.
Le Violoniste (Sept. 29)
Après le tremblement de terre de 2010, il quitte Haiti pour aller étudier en République Dominicaine. Il renoue avec sa passion pour le violon et décide d’apprendre à jouer. Malgré des difficultés diverses, il rencontre des gens merveilleux qui l’aident à concrétiser son rêve d’enfant. Le Violoniste is directed by Richard Senecal.
Kafou (Sept. 30)
Port-au-Prince by night. Doc and Zoe are just hired to deliver an unknown package. Their job comes with three essential rules: never stop the car, never roll down the windows, never open the trunk. At a crossroad, they stumble upon a dog. Each crossroad requires a sacrifice. Their decision will change their path irreversibly. Kafou is directed by Bruno Mourral.
Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) (Oct. 01)
Julián finds love and a reason for living in the last place imaginable: the Dominican Republic’s Najayo Prison. His romance, with fellow prisoner Yanelly, must develop through sign language and without the knowledge of dozens of guards. Carpinteros (Woodpeckers) is directed by José María Cabral.