KANAVAL: A People’s History of Haiti in Six Chapters

IN CINEMAS 11 NOVEMBER

Director Q&As

Mon 14 Nov: Everyman Leeds

Wed 16 Nov: Hackney Picturehouse

Sun 20 Nov: Curzon Soho

Wed 23 Nov: FACT Liverpool

In cinemas now

from 11 Nov: ICA London

from 12 Nov: Bertha DocHouse

ON BBC FOUR: Sun 27 Nov, 21:00

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★★★★★

“A cinematic masterpiece in story-telling and one which leaves you wishing for more.”  

– The Indiependent

Every facet of the annual carnival, from the extravagant masks to the dazzling costumes and magnificent street pantomimes, tells a story about the people of the southern Haitian port town of Jacmel. In Leah Gordon and Eddie Hutton Mills’ gorgeously surreal portrait of preparations for the carnival, the history of both the event and Haiti unfurls with a seductive, lyrical charm. Every brushstroke of a painted mask and stitch of an elaborate costume informs a narrative that highlights the perseverance and joie de vivre of a people.

 

Employing a rich archive, KANAVAL perfectly captures the spirit of a major cultural event that acknowledges the country’s tumultuous past and present, and that looks hopefully to its future. This celebratory spirit will remain with you long after the rhythms fade and the film’s credits have rolled.

DIRECTED BY:
LEAH GORDON,
EDDIE HUTTON MILLS

PRODUCTION COMPANY:
TIGERLILY PRODUCTIONS