KANAVAL: A People’s History of Haiti in Six Chapters
IN CINEMAS 11 NOVEMBER
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
“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.