By Onz Chery

Filmmaker Yanatha Desouvre on his laptop. Photo courtesy of Yanatha Desouvre

Although Harry Jeudy is a screenwriter, he’s not an avid reader. But he was willing to plow through a 356-page novel, “Revelations: Roads to Redemption.” Because his childhood friend, Yanatha Desouvre, wrote it.

The two have been through good and rough times together, from replacing a tire on a cold day in Philadelphia to attending friends’ weddings together and visiting L.A. to pursue their dreams. It was a no brainer for Jeudy to dive into the novel.

When the 44-year-old reached the second chapter of the novel titled “The Sweetest Girl,” he was filled with discomfort. A mother died in that chapter. Jeudy’s mother died when he was in his early 20s. Because of that discomfort, he had a burning desire to write something around that chapter.

Based on that chapter of the book, Desouvre and Jeudy wrote the screenplay of a short Haitian-American film together, “The Sweetest Girl: A Forbidden Love Story.” The best part about it is that they wrote it together.

“It’s the first time I actually wrote a screenplay with a childhood friend. Think about it, I wrote a screenplay with my childhood friend,” Jeudy said while raising his voice. “It doesn’t even matter if it’s my best work or if it’s garbage, I did it with my childhood friend.”

“Instead of finding our egos, we found our passion, we found our energy. And that—that is…”

Desouvre finished Jeudy’s sentence: “A story to tell.”

Jeudy continued: “I don’t even live around Haitians anymore. I got so far removed from my culture and I was able to come back with this other person who’s from my culture and do this story together.

“Maybe this is a bad metaphor, it’s like two lovers having a baby, having their first child together, The Sweetest Girl.”

Screenwriter Harry Jeudy. Photo courtesy of Harry Jeudy

“The Sweetest Girl” is the story of a 25-year marriage that ended sorrowfully when the husband told his wife a heart-wrenching secret on her deathbed.

The married couple will be played by an actual married couple, Genji Jacques, whom they call “Haitian Denzel” and, Sandra Justice. They’re without a doubt two of the most prominent Haitian actors in the United States.

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Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and ESNY before joining The Haitian Times....