SUN 21 NOV
by Gessica Généus
Benin, Haiti, France | 2021 | 99 min | OV with Engl. Subs
AFRIKAMERA closes with a production from the African diaspora. Freda lives with her family in a popular neighborhood in increasingly troubled Port-au-Prince. She worries about her education and the future of her crumbling homeland. Freda, her materialistic brother Moïse, and her younger sister Esther make ends meet by working alongside their devout evangelical mother Jeanette in the small store in their home. Amid the growing chaos, each of the siblings pursues their own idea of happiness. One by one, they are given the chance to leave dangerous Port-au-Prince behind. But Freda wants to stay, while at the same time fighting at school against the progressive erasure of Haitian culture by white influences.
The impressive family drama, at the same time a political film against patriarchal oppression in Haiti, celebrated its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the series “Un certain regard”.
Gessica Généus is an actress, singer and director from Haiti. She began her career when she was 17 years old. After the earthquake in 2010, she became actively involved in the reconstruction of her country and she started working for the United Nations. She then won a scholarship to study at Acting International in Paris. She returned to Haiti and created her own production company, Ayizian Productions, to develop her own work. Between 2014 and 2016 she directed “Vizaj Nou”, a series of short portraits of major figures from contemporary Haitian society. In 2017, her documentary film “Douvan jou ka leve” (The Day Will Dawn) won seven awards. It continues to be shown around the world. FREDA is her first feature film.