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What to Binge-Watch During the Pandemic: Part 1

By Ella Turenne and Martine Jean

Fanm on Films is a podcast that highlights the work of Haitian creatives in film and television. We started the show because we thought it was important to elevate this content. With that in mind, on April 24th, we posted a list of Haitian movies on Amazon on our social media pages.

There is so much content out there right now! It’s hard to decide what to watch while home sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic. Don’t worry! The ladies at Fanm on Films have got you covered. We’ve put together an even bigger list to help you find content made by and starring Haitians and Haitian Americans. Let’s start with Netflix and Amazon Prime!

On Netflix

Jezebel

Chocolate City

The CEO

Uncorked

The Circle

Always Be My Maybe

I Am Not Your Negro

On Amazon

Stones in the Sun

Kafou

Abused

Barikad

Married Men

Cafe Au Lait

Forever Yours

Ghosts of Cité Soleil

The Agronomist

Haitian Jack Speaks

Lumumba

Ayiti, Mon Amour

La Belle Vie: The Good Life

Lakay

Cousines

When the Drum is Beating

A Miami Love Story

Eavesdropping on Souls

Haiti Untold

Enpresyon

I Love You Anne

We Love You Anne

The Road to Fondwa

Aristide and the Endless Revolution

Children of the Shadows

Lunise RAM

Cristo Rey

As you can see, Haitians are representing on the small screen! If you’re still having trouble deciding what to watch, we’re going to help you break it down. Here are some highlights from our list.

On Netflix

Jezebel

Director Numa Perrier also stars in her feature film debut. Jezebel is an intimate look at the world of the cam girls of the 90s. The film portrays the bond between two sisters in Las Vegas and the path they each choose. Jezebel is a study of multidimensional sex workers who take control of their own narrative and have agency over their own bodies. The film is based on the filmmaker’s true story. 

Chocolate City

A movie made by Haitian director Jean-Claude La Marre in which he has a cameo, “Chocolate City” is set in a strip club of the same name and revolves around the male strippers keeping the ladies hot. 

The CEO

Nigerian director Kunle Afoyalan is at the helm of this thriller starring Jimmy Jean-Louis. The film is about a group of high powered executives summoned to a retreat where they believe they will choose their next CEO, but suddenly find themselves in a fight for their lives. 

The Circle

Comedian Michelle Buteau hosts this reality series that is a social experiment and competition where online players befriend, scheme, flirt, and catfish their way toward a $100,000 prize.

On Amazon Prime

Stones in The Sun

There’s a Haitian saying that goes “Woch nan dlo, pa konnenmize woch nan soley.” Author Edwidge Danticat stars alongside Michel Marcellin in this story of Haitian immigrants in exile in New York who have to confront their past head on.

Kafou

Bruno Moura, Gilbert Mirambeau and Jasmuel Adris teamed up for this riotous journey through the hoods of Port-au-Prince. Kafou takes you on a wild ride with two low level vakabontasked with making a delivery. Beyond the hijinks, Kafoureveals the true criminals who use the poor as puppets and pull the strings from their mansions. We reviewed this film on Season 2, Episode 1. 

Abused

Tutu Desmosthenes returns with a sordid tale of love, lust and violence. “Abused” is the story of a love triangle gone wrong. It explores issues of infidelity, obsession and most importantly, it illuminates the issue of vyolans sou fanm nan kominote a (violence against women in the community). 

Barikad

Richard Senecal’s classic film stands the test of time and exposes the class system that continues to divide Haiti. Young Fabienne Colas and Handy Tibert shine as star crossed lovers whose romance is doomed from the start. We spoke to Richard Senecal and reviewed the film on Season 2, Episode 6.

Married Men

Robinson Lauvince skillfully directs this story centering three couples and the trials and tribulations of their respective marriages. 

Lumumba 

The legendary Raoul Peck directs this feature film about Patrice Lumumba in the months before and after Congo-Léopoldville achieved independence from Belgium in June 1960.

Ayiti, Mon Amour

Guetty Felin’s feature film debut is literal poetry on screen. A captivating film that delves into what makes the familiar feel foreign, what makes a place a home, and love of each other, love of the land, love of the ocean. “Ayiti, Mon Amour” was Haiti’s first-ever Oscar submission. Our interview with Guetty is coming soon!

La Belle Vie: The Good Life

Rachelle Salnave’s documentary finds her returning home to Haiti to get a deeper understanding of her family’s history. Instead, she finds herself, and comes out with a new definition of HER “La Belle Vie.” We interviewed Rachelle Salnave on Season 5, Episode 2. 

The Agronomist 

Directed by Jonathan Demme, this documentary is a tribute to the late Jean Dominique, a Haitian who studied to be an agronomist but is remembered for his activism through his radio-station and impassioned on-air critiques of the government. 

Cousines

Do you know how many movies Richard Senecal, one of the godfather’s of Haitian cinema has on Amazon Prime? We counted at least 3! “Cousines” is about a young woman living with relatives in Port-au-Prince as her father supports her while abroad. Her world falls apart when her father dies in the U.S. and she is left to fend to fend for herself. As with many of Richard Senecal’s movies, social issues are at the forefront of this film. 

When the Drum is Beating

If you love classic Haitian music this is the film for you! A documentary about one of Haiti’s oldest and most loved bands Septentrional, the film follows one of the band leaders, Ulric Pierre-Louis. A story of struggle and resilience, the documentary takes a candid look at Haitian’s past through music.

A Miami Love Story

A thrilling ride about the divide between Haitians and Dominicans on the streets of Miami.  An adaptation of the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet, this film delves into the choices people make between their hearts and their communities.

Forever Yours

Filmmaker Patrick Ulysse debuts his feature film that tells a love story about finding true love at the wrong time. Fanm on Films co-host Ella Turenne makes a cameo in the film!

Eavesdropping on Soul 

“Eavesdropping on Soul” takes a captivating look at the rich legacy of visual art in Haiti.

I Love You Anne & We Love You Anne

A classic Haitian film, “I Love and Anne” and its sequel, “We Love You Anne” star comedian Tonton Bichat and actress Nice Simone in a love story about twisted fates.

Enpresyon

Prolific filmmaker Patrick Jerome also has a number of projects on Amazon Prime. Of note is “Enpresyon,” a story about a young woman who is conflicted about accepting a marriage proposal and must make the right decision for herself and her family. 

Stay tuned for our selection of Haitian projects from Youtubeand Vimeo… 

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