Despite not seeing their father’s homeland until their sixth decades (and after the shooting of the film), the Galde family and their social position in Cuba has long been marked by their Haitianness – an identity they and their children negotiate in various ways throughout Mondesir’s generous and intimate documentary. Through moments of work, rest, and celebration, the film produces a deceptively profound portrait of a family, a neighborhood, and a nation.
Una Sola Sangre screens as part of A Radical Empathy: Esery Mondesir’s Haitian Trilogy on Friday, February 6 at 6:30 pm.
Esery Mondesir is a Toronto-based filmmaker who was born in Port-au-Prince, Haïti. He worked as a high school teacher, a book designer, and a labour organizer before receiving an MFA in cinema production from York University (Toronto) in 2017. His work, which includes documentary, fiction, and experimental narratives, takes a critical stance on modern-day social, political, and cultural phenomena to suggest a reading of our society from its margins. His work has been shown in Canada and internationally. In 2016, he received the Lawrence Heisey Graduate Award in Fine Arts and, in 2017, he received the Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights Award from the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University.
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