Gessica Généus, Haiti/France, 2017, 51 min. / Deborah A. Thomas, Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn, Deanne M. Bell, Jamaica, 2018, 41 min.
Douvan Jou Ka Leve
Gessica Généus, Haiti/France, 2017, 51 min.
Feature Documentary • United States Premiere
Stemming from her personal experience, her close ones’ testimonies and surprising encounters, Gessica Généus, Haitian filmmaker, questions the “disease of the soul” that is devouring her native island.
Four Days in May
Deborah A. Thomas, Junior "Gabu" Wedderburn, Deanne M. Bell, Jamaica; 2018, 41 min.
Short Documentary • World Premiere
Focusing on the 2010 State of Emergency in West Kingston, Jamaica, Four Days in May explores how state violence generates archives of both suffering and life. Locally dubbed the "Tivoli Incursion," the joint operation of the military and police forces into Tivoli Gardens and surrounding communities in order to apprehend Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who had been ordered to stand trial for gun and drug-related charges, resulted in the deaths of at least 75 civilians. Through archival film and photographs and footage from the government drone that was overhead during the operation, the film encourages viewers to consider how people negotiate entanglements with nationalist governments, imperialist practices, and local articulations with illicit international trades.