HAITI IN THE SPANISH SPEAKING CARIBBEAN - ADIFF CHICAGO
Special screening of Chicago Premiere program
HAITI IN THE SPANISH SPEAKING CARIBBEAN and reception
Sponsored by the DuSable Heritage Association and the
Quebec Government OfficeChicago
People of Haitian descent are systematically denied citizenship rights in the Dominican Republic. This video is about the Haitian-Dominican community's resistance in the face of illegal deportations, scapegoating, and exclusion.
Directed by Haitian Women 4 Haitian Refugees, 2013, 15 mins. In Creole and Spanish with English subtitles.
Haitian Women 4 Haitian Refugees
FROM COFFEE PLANTATION
TO THE RUMBA FRANCESA
From Coffee Plantation to the Rumba Francesca
At the end of the 18th century, the Haitian revolution compelled thousands of white colonists, mulattoes, freed blacks and slaves to flee Saint-Domingue and seek refuge in the Eastern region of Cuba. This first wave of immigrants opened the way to others arriving from France until 1868. Many of these newcomers bought land in the mountains and established themselves as coffee planters while others settled in Santiago de Cuba. They left a profound influence on the industry, commerce, customs and culture of the region. Two centuries later, traces of the French presence in Cuba still remain. Among these cultural remnants is the "Tumba Francesa": a dance inspired by those in fashion at the court of Versailles and practiced by descendants of Saint-Domingue slaves in accordance with the choreography and religious traditions of their Dahomeyan ancestry.
Directed by Frantz Voltaire, 2013, 31 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.
A Q&A with Frantz Voltaire will follow the screening.
Frantz Voltaire was born in Haiti in 1948. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History at Universidad de Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science at Flacso in Chili, a Master of Arts (MA) in International Relations at Université du Québec (UQAM) in Québec, Canada, and Doctoral studies at the Université de Montréal. He has received various scholarships: United Nations, Japan, Université de Montréal, etc. He was a Consultant for United Nations, OAS, and CIDA. He has taught in various Universities, such as: Santiago de Chile, Universidad de Chile, Mexico, Mexico UNAM, Canada UQAM and UDeM. He gave lectures and conferences in various universities in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Chili, Mexico, Argentina, Japan and all over the Caribbean.
Sat., June 14 at 8:30 pm
Preceded by a reception at 7:30 pm
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