Film Screening: Transnational Short Films
Purchase College’s Transnational Filmmaking Project, in its third year, is a partnership with the Artists Institute in Jacmel, Haiti, and the Institut Supérieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel (ISMA) in Cotonou, Benin. The program challenges students from three countries and film schools to explore the potential of filmmaking as a collaborative, creative process across cultures. The program aims to inspire students to question their artistic practices by comparing different realities and seeing other ways of writing, working and thinking about the world.
A selection of short films focusing on Haitian directors will be showcased, followed by a discussion with filmmakers.
Haitian Student filmmakers are:
Claudine Charles , Jean Pierre Berdine, Gasner François, Markendy Bellevue, Nephtalie Bertin, Pierre Lucson Bellegarde, Ricardo Tranquillin, Stephane Augustin, Vadim Janvier, Wilna Barjon
À Pascal (Documentary, directed by Nepthalie Bertin, 12 min.)
In 2012, a young man asked the director to leave Haiti and join him in Africa. She did not go. In 2018 she went to Benin to investigate what her life might have been like if she had accepted.
Dèle (Fiction, directed by Claudine Charles, 8 min.)
A Haitian mother living in New York struggles with mounting pressures as the news from Haiti grows distressing.
Rasin (Documentary, directed by Pierre Lucson Bellegarde, 20 min.)
A Haitian filmmaker travels to Benin to investigate history and ends up making discoveries not only about his ancestral homeland, but of himself.
Long Distance Dads (Documentary, directed by François Gasner, 15 min.)
This film compares the experiences of two Beninese immigrants living in New York.
The Transnational Filming Project is supported by the Eugene and Emily Grant Incentive Fund, Luc and Mary Hardy/Sagax International, Pat Jacobs, Pat Klingenstein and Doris Kempner.