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African Film Festival 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
7:00 p.m. Broken Stones
Guetty Felin (Haiti/France/U.S., 2012)

In Person/Guetty Felin

The oldest area in Port-au-Prince was the most damaged by the January 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. Broken Stones observes everyday life as it resumes amid the ruins of the once beautiful and grand cathedral. Affectionately called Notre Dame de Port-au-Prince, it is a potent metaphor for the fractured psyche of the Haitian people. The congregation gathers to pray, children play games and musicians bring out their instruments, some express anger at the slow reconstruction, and others ponder what angered God in this impressionistic, beautiful film.

• Photographed by Hervé Cohen. (61 mins, In Haitian Creole, French, English with English subtitles, Color, DigiBeta, From the artist)

Preceded by: 
Africa Shafted: Under One Roof 
Ingrid Martens, (South Africa, 2011)

Johannesburg’s tallest building houses more than four thousand residents from all over Africa, drawn to the city by the dream of improving their lives. Interviewed riding its elevators, tenants relate the ups and downs of city life. “A packed lift is generally confining, uncomfortable and claustrophobic. But the African-filled one in Shafted is intimate, revealing, and even liberating” (Angie Kapelianis, Radio Journalist, South African Broadcasting Corporation.)

(56 mins, Color, Digital Video)

Total running time: 117 mins